Ghost Rider 2 Finds its Devil, Italian Leading Lady

Nicolas Cage’s “Ghost Rider 2″ is throttling up with two major casting updates: Ciaran Hinds (left, “The Eclipse”) is currently in negotiations to play the Devil in the comic book sequel, while Italian actress/singer Violante Placido (most recently in the George Clooney thriller “The American”) will play the female lead.

“Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” finds cursed Johnny Blaze (Cage) hiding out in remote Eastern Europe and struggling to repress his curse, and no doubt doing it with utmost moodiness. His self-imposed exile is ruined when he’s recruited by a sect to take on the devil (Hinds), who wants to take over his mortal son’s body on the boy’s birthday. Placido (below) would play the boy’s mother.

“Crank” and “Gamer” boys Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor will direct from a script they wrote, based on a draft by comic book movie go-to guy David Goyer.

The original “Ghost Rider” got some pretty bad reviews when it flamed up onscreen in 2007, but it still went on to make $228 million worldwide, including over $100 million in DVD sales.

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  • Juggernaut

    With recent installments in the comic book genre upping the calibre of films produced, I hope that they deliver a more solid take than the first movie. While I enjoyed the firt one, the performance from Cage was the most distracting part of the film in my opinion. If the script is a bit tighter and Cage can hold back and give a grittier, more somber performance than the first it could be good. As a fan of the comics I was hoping to see more of that aspect in the second film. A story arc with Blackout, Deathwatch or Vengance as the villain coul have been cool. I’d also like to see Blaze’s transition into the longer haired (reminiscent of Cage’s look in Con-Air), duster wearing, shotgun toting badass in this installment. Introducing, if even in a supporting role, Dan Ketch would be awsome too!