Nicolas Cage Returning to Blaze in ‘Ghost Rider 2′ [Updated]

Published 5 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 6:44 am,

ghost rider nicolas cage Nicolas Cage Returning to Blaze in ‘Ghost Rider 2′ [Updated]

[Update: We've added Cage's interview for anyone who would like to hear the news directly from the actor himself.]

It’s been unclear, for several months, if Nicolas Cage would reprise his role as Johnny Blaze in the upcoming Marvel sequel, Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance.

Comic-Con is only one week away so, of course, it came as no surprise when Cage announced that he has officially signed on for Ghost Rider 2 – on The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Cage was on the show promoting The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, but when Ferguson asked Cage about a Ghost Rider sequel, Cage had this to say:

“There’s gonna be a new one. I just made the deal today.”

Then the audience erupted into applause – which makes you wonder if any of them saw the first film.

If you’d like to see the quote in context, as well as Ferguson’s flaming skull prop and robot skeleton, check out the video below [announcement near the 3:30 mark]. Thanks to Screen Rant reader Orlando for following up with the video:

Cage’s Ghost-Rider involvement had recently been called into question, just as National Treasure 3 pre-production started – leading many to wonder whether Cage would be forced to hang-up his flaming skull. However, National Treasure 3 director, John Turtletaub, dispelled the speculation:

“He’ll make both. Also an actor’s schedule is three to four months. Whereas a movies takes a year and a half. So it won’t be an issue.”

In addition to announcing his return to the Hellcycle, Cage also confirmed the recent rumor that Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the duo behind the Crank films, will take-over Ghost Rider directorial duties.

While confirmation of Neveldine and Taylor’s involvement is encouraging, as the duo definitely favors the brand of edgy violence that was absent in the first film, it’s important to note the pair also wrote the screenplay for critical, and commercial, disaster Jonah Hex.

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In addition, the Neveldine and Taylor announcement also makes it harder to know which aspects of producer Mike De Luca’s comments, back in January, are still on the table.

At the time, De Luca touted there would be a new director (confirmed) as well as a harder-line PG-13 rating (likely – given the level of violence in Neveldine and Taylor’s previous work). However, he also mentioned that the sequel will take place in Europe and “[push] the reset button” on the Ghost Rider franchise – neither of which makes a lot of sense, given Cage’s return.

Personally, I wish they had pressed the reset button a lot harder – and left the original Ghost Rider behind.

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Given the lack-luster, anti-climactic, cheese-fest that was presented in Ghost Rider, it makes sense to reboot – but it doesn’t make sense to reboot with Cage attached. Not to mention, Cage’s performance (or at least casting) was one of the worst aspects of the original film. Returning to Ghost Rider also feels a bit like a step-back for the actor, who did such a great job parodying a comic-book hero in Kick-Ass.

In the end, for most people, Cage’s name isn’t synonymous with the Ghost Rider character – so it’s hard to understand De Luca’s dedication to the actor. Then again, maybe the recent mess brought-on by recasting the Hulk every three years has got Marvel wanting to play it safe.

Source: Collider

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  1. I like Cage but he was sadly one of the reasons why the first movie didn’t really work. So the fact he’s signed up, which really isn’t a huge shock, makes me less than excited by another movie.

  2. Jensen Ackles…yes. TOTALLY!!!!Great choice!!! Supernatural is my favorite show and he could totally pull it off. No offense to Cage, but perhaps a younger actor would be better suited. Particularly if you’re gonna reboot. Oy, why did you have to mention Ackles…I won’t be able to get it out of my head.

  3. …………..(sigh)

  4. This is why Hollywood sucks.

  5. Not even close IntelliQ,
    3D, Tom Cruise, Disney, NBC, Rupert Murdoch, Mtv/VH1, AIG, Sony, Oprah, Lindsay Lohan, ABC, McG, the Twilight Saga, Glee, Martha Stewart, Michael Bay, $cientology, Mel Gibson, Jay Leno, Fast&Furious franchise, M Night Shamalamadingdong, the tween cast of Star Trek, remakes and reboots, Joss Whedon, X-Men first class, the Mission Impossible films, Adam Sandler, Celebrity Rehab, The Oscars, American Idol, Snoop Dogg, Celebrity Apprentice, rapper actors, PG-13 and everyone in the MPAA, BluRay, and the bankrupt MGM are the tip of the iceberg, when it comes to why Hollywood sucks!

    Feel free to add more,,,,

    • omg 790 you read my mind!!!!

    • Gee, thanks for reminding me of those. Now Im really depressed.

      • i like how 790 broadends the many reasons why hollywood sucks, brutal yet right on all counts lol

  6. Yeah and I have to work on some of those shows. Now do you see why I’m always frustrated?


    The absolute worst is Mtv/Vh1 networks. Those channels are run by some of the biggest mouth breathing turds ever to walk the planet.

  7. I would say he’s right on most Anthony but not all.

    The New Star Trek was great, Joss Wheadon is very talented, Blu Ray isn’t bad at all and I’d rather watch a Blu Ray action film than a DVD one, Mel Gibson is a crap person but a great actor and I think Batman Begins proved not all reboots suck.

    • well daniel..i ignored his joss whedon and gibson listings up there lol…

      • i didnt consider batman begins a reboot though, dont ask me why

  8. I blame Joss Whedon for the current state of vampire films/tv shows.

    • hmmm….now that might be a hard point to argue…

  9. Just One : GREAT ! I LIKE IT :D

  10. The writer of this article should have just written “I hate the **** out of the Ghost Rider movie and Mark Steven Johnson. I also think that the Crank movies are movies of the highest possible quality, as are their directors/writers unlike Mark Steven Johnson whom I hate.” and had done with it. Please! Gimme a break. Matter of fact, if you can’t be a touch more objective with your views to facts ratio, my advise is to hang up that keyboard and find another career. So long as it doesn’t involve giving your opinions on anything. There’s MY screen rant. That is all.

  11. Ps. …For the haters – Mark Steven Johnson is (like Kurt Wimmer) an EXTREMELY talented writer and film maker. Whom, has unfortunately, been given more of the *****y end of the stick by the whorelywood studio system. Anybody who can not recognize and appreciate this fact, should just not bother to comment.