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.
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