Idris Elba and Johnny Whitworth in Talks for ‘Ghost Rider 2′

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 9th, 2013 at 11:57 pm,

The Hollywood Reporter is exclusively reporting that actors Idris Elba (The Wire) and Johnny Whitworth (3:10 to Yuma) are in negotiations to join the cast of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, the sequel to the 2007 film Ghost Rider starring Nicolas Cage as Johnny Blaze.

The script for Ghost Rider 2, which was written by David Goyer (The Dark Knight), revolves around Johnny Blaze’s efforts to protect a mother and son from a demon creature named Roarke. According to THR, Elba will play the part of “an alcoholic warrior monk tasked with finding Ghost Rider” while Whitworth will play a “criminal who is recruited by the devil to find the boy and is later turned into a demonic creature.”

Presumably, Elba would be the monk who brings the pair to Ghost Rider, while Whitworth would be Roarke.

With the directors of Crank behind the camera (Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor), along with a script by Goyer and a solid cast, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance could turn out to be the rare sequel that exceeds the original (though in the case of Ghost Rider, it’s a rather low bar to clear). There is still the question of how the 3D in the film will look, but that’s another issue entirely.

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Idris Elba’s potential involvement in Ghost Rider 2 is doubly interesting because of some remarks the acclaimed British actor made earlier this week. Elba, who is playing Heimdall in Marvel’s Thor, talked about how he has signed a multi-picture deal with Marvel and that he would be back in additional Marvel movies. At the time, Elba mentioned Blade and Luke Cage as roles he was interested in pursuing.

Given this new casting news, some have speculated that perhaps Elba was talking about the Ghost Rider sequel earlier in the week, however that is not especially likely. Ghost Rider, like Spider-Man, is not a Marvel-controlled movie franchise. Rather, Sony owns the rights to the Ghost Rider films, which means that Elba’s multi-picture contract with Marvel is not tied to his appearance in Ghost Rider 2.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. I thought the first film was a solid B-…..so im hoping thios one is good,

    • Really? to be honest, the only reason i own that movie is because i’m collecting marvel movies on bluray. even the sucky ones. i’d give it a c- at best…

      But as for this new one..i don’t think Cage should come back at all so the only good news is the script. Hopefully Heimdall..er..Idris will do well, as that could affect his drawing power in future marvel movies

      • Cage wasnt that bad to me, except that his acting was a bit dry but other than that Im gonna stick with what i gave it which is a B-

        • I’m with you Taylor, while it did have many faults, in the end I enjoyed it. The CGI of GR was great.

          • Yeah, I also think it was kind of ahead of its time because it was kind of a dark comic book movie which is now becoming popular in today’s movie trends, so the sequel should be better with the directors involved, a good cast if these rumors are true, and no doubt the CGI will be even better

  2. I really liked the first one. I thought Cage was good, loads of quirks in the character, it was good fun.

  3. I hated the first, but I’m willing to give this one a chance.

  4. What is up with Idris Elba wanting to be in every new marvel movie coming out? First hes playing Heimdall in Thor (not exactly the best casting decision) then hes wanting to play Luke Cage and now be in Ghost Rider. Im waiting to see him want to be Black Panther.

  5. If Elba is really doing this, he’s needs his face to be severely scarred or unrecognizable. I don’t want to see his face bouncing around the Marvel Universe. He should more focused on a character that could be a BIG franchise for him which would be none other than Luke Cage.