Nicolas Cage To Play The Hero AND Villain In Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance?

Nicolas Cage To Play The Hero AND Villain In <i>Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance</i>?

A tweet from the movies directors hints that the actor will be playing both Ghost Rider and the villainous Zarathos! Hit the jump for details...

The site report that directing duo Neveldine and Taylor posted this to their Twitter account earlier today:

"The dual role of blaze/zarathos will be a nic cage classic"

The Marvel Universe Wiki states that Mephisto "merged Zarathos with stunt rider Johnny Blaze, one of the Caretaker's charges, transforming into the vigilante Ghost Rider. Blaze and Zarathos remained bonded for years, their level of control over their shared form varying; twice they were briefly separated, once by the mage Azaziah hoping to usurp Zarathos' power, and them by Mephisto as part of a wager with Asmodeus, but were rejoined both times."

While Zarathos is clearly a part of Johnny Blaze, what could this cryptic tweet point to? Well, it seems likely that we'll see a whole other side of Ghost Rider judging from the wording in the above tweet about a "dual role". It would most definitely be very interesting to see Nicolas Cage face off against himself due to Mephisto's wicked machinations, but I guess we'll just have to wait until more info is released before we find out what this tweet meant! Stay tuned to CBM in the coming months and be sure to share your thoughts below.

Written by David Goyer, production is due to begin shortly with a release date set for February 17, 2012.

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Josh Wilding
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Filed Under "Ghost Rider" 10/28/2010 Source: Geek Week
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marvel72 - 10/28/2010, 3:25 PM

what with the budget cuts,nic cage has got to play to roles.
jazzman - 10/28/2010, 3:28 PM
do anyone really like Neveldine and Taylor movies.
ElBicho - 10/28/2010, 3:29 PM
Nic does need the dough. Hello dual salaries.
LEEE777 - 10/28/2010, 3:30 PM
DAMN,,,, CAGE loves Playing with himself LOL!

: P
MatchesMalone - 10/28/2010, 3:30 PM
Double Cage = double cheese! Sounds like they're really trying to save some money on this one. First the budget gets halved and now this. Not looking good, but as always, I'll wait to reserve judgement until I see a trailer.
JoshWilding - 10/28/2010, 3:30 PM
LMAO, deadpool72 - that's exactly what I was thinking! :D
Christuffer - 10/28/2010, 3:32 PM
WOW, I know there is a website called Nic Cage as everybody, but really? For real?!

lmfao Nic Cage IS EVERYBODY
ecksmanfan - 10/28/2010, 3:33 PM
That means the movie will suck TWICE as bad! Shame on them!
Luigi - 10/28/2010, 3:39 PM
Am I the only one who thinks them sharing a Twitter is a little... strange. (PS Thats a stupid idea)
@Fartman: Haha, that's what I was thinking
AlexDeLarge87 - 10/28/2010, 3:44 PM
More blood and bones, then this will work!... MAYBE!
marvel72 - 10/28/2010, 3:48 PM
@ herofreak15

ecksmanfan - 10/28/2010, 3:49 PM
@Herofreak- Welcome to the party!
AlexDeLarge87 - 10/28/2010, 3:52 PM
jazz@ No
patriautism - 10/28/2010, 3:56 PM
Zarathos lives inside Johnny.
Ghost Rider is the combination of Zarathos and Johnny Blaze.
In the comics he slowly takes control of Blaze's body.
It only makes sense that he would also portray Zarathos, since he partially does anyway..

I'm pretty sure it has nothing to do with budget cuts.
Though Johnny Blaze needs a younger recast..Jensen Ackles = Younger Johnny Blaze

LEEE777 - 10/28/2010, 4:05 PM
That means NIC CAGE is in the lead from REYNOLDS and EVANS!

: p
dancingmonkey08 - 10/28/2010, 4:25 PM
so its gonna be Me, Myself and Irene but with a flaming skull instead of Jim Carrey

I dont know what to say to this
HULK2099 - 10/28/2010, 4:31 PM
mind bottling
andypand89 - 10/28/2010, 4:34 PM
sounds like face/off meets ghostrider very interesting :)
Teois42 - 10/28/2010, 4:48 PM
This is gonna be awesome!
Bandrews1 - 10/28/2010, 5:09 PM
GUNSMITH - 10/28/2010, 5:50 PM

cgrass5150 - 10/28/2010, 5:58 PM
Hmmm...let's figure this out:

Budget cut in 1/2 + Nicholas Cage playing 2 roles =

Ship - 10/28/2010, 6:12 PM
And you people complain about Ryan R. lol, this is so epic.
ElBeaster - 10/28/2010, 6:39 PM
YES!!! It'll be just like Martin Lawrence in Big Momma's House 2 or Eddie Murphy in Norbit!!

marvelmark - 10/28/2010, 6:59 PM
1st ghost rider a pile of balls, this will still be balls, why the [frick] don't they reboot ghost rider instead of rebooting everthing else?
jjmeylar - 10/28/2010, 7:08 PM
OK. All we need now is Vengeance and we've got a bloody good film..........maybe.
Dmon - 10/28/2010, 8:41 PM
What we need is Danny Ketch not Blaze. Jensen Ackles for Danny Ketch.
GuineaPirate - 10/28/2010, 8:43 PM
Argh! Curse ye, Blaze!
ChrisMc - 10/28/2010, 8:46 PM
I'll bet that most of the movie he'll be talking to himself or in mirrors and shit, and then near the end, they'll split and have a big epic battle.

Then (I hope) in Ghostrider 3, he'll finally face Mephisto in Hell. The REAL Mephisto. Not some human-form bullshit.
TheJester187 - 10/29/2010, 12:33 AM
I'm wit it!! [frick] a budget cut!
Jolt17 - 10/29/2010, 2:50 AM
Yeah sounds nice!
Orehrepus - 10/29/2010, 4:44 AM
"Nic does need the dough. Hello dual salaries."

As a matter of fact, it was said that due to the budget cut, Nic's salary was also cut. From 12 to around 7, if I'm not mistaken? Look it up.

I actually see this as one of their ways to go around the budget. Using one actor for two roles means lesser salary. No need to pay another big name (or even shitty) actor to play the villain.

Anyway, it sounds cool. I'm okay with this. I like Nic. He can play a badass bad guy as well as a good guy.
AverageCitizen99 - 10/29/2010, 12:22 PM
I like the sound of this. It's gonna be sweet to see the darker side of Ghost Rider, and possibly check out Zarathos. Good find JoshW! :)
countrymadness - 10/30/2010, 9:57 AM

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