Fans Stoke The Flames For Norman Reedus As Ghost Rider

by Thomas Tuna

How would Norman Reedus look with a flaming skull?

The actor who made his bones (as Daryl Dixon) fighting off scores of zombies in the AMC mega-hit The Walking Dead has not been shy about his desire to play Marvel’s supernatural anti-hero Ghost Rider on the big screen. And, according to a report in Forbes, the persistent rumors may come to a head soon.

Marvel Studios reportedly has made a decision about how it wants to bring Ghost Rider into the MCU–something fans have been clamoring for over the last few years–as well as the actor best suited to play the part. Rumors have swirled around Keanu Reeves for some time, but the fan base now seems to have their collective hearts set on Reedus.

And, to add even more fuel to the fire, Reedus reportedly has been “liking” fan tweets calling for him to take the role. One such tweet read: “Norman Reedus would be the perfect actor to play Ghost Rider!” There has been no official word from Marvel on how, when or where the Spirit of Vengeance would appear in the MCU, but the rumblings are growing stronger.

For his part, Reedus has gone on record as wanting the role. “The Ghost Rider conversation has been coming up for years,” he said in one interview. “Yeah, tell them to put me in it. I want to play Ghost Rider. Call somebody. Make that happen. I want to do it.”

The actor went so far as to say, “I want a fire skull. I want my face to turn into a fire skull and whip a chain around. That would be great.”

Ghost Rider has already had one Silver Screen incarnation, of course. The 2007 Nicolas Cage-led feature and the 2011 sequel, Ghost RiderSpirit of Vengeance, neither of which were very well-received by fans or critics.

The Marvel Comics Ghost Rider character–created by editor Roy Thomas, writer Gary Friedrich and artist Mike Ploog–first appeared in Marvel Spotlight No5 (1972) before starring in his own series from 1972-1983.

The original Ghost Rider was stunt motorcyclist Johnny Blaze who, in order to save his father, gave his soul to Satan (later revealed to be the arch-demon Mephisto). At night, or when around evil, Blaze found his flesh consumed by hellfire, causing his head to become a flaming skull and allowing him to wield blasts of fire from his skeletal hands.

With this possible Ghost Rider project still in the hoping stages, keep reading Horror News Network for the latest updates.


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