Would the third time be the charm for Nic Cage’s version of Marvel’s skull-faced Johnny Blaze?
The Oscar winner currently is busy preparing for his Dracula role in Universal’s upcoming Renfield feature, but another horror part seems to be a fond memory for him, according to a report on comicbook.com.
Cage–who has portrayed the supernatural anti-hero Ghost Rider in a 2007 film and its 2011 sequel (to less-than-stellar reviews)–was asked recently if he had any interest in saddling up again as the Spirit of Vengeance. The actor was predictably evasive, but did express admiration for the character.
“Ghost Rider is an amazing character,” Cage said. “He’s a complicated character. How do you tell the story of Faust within the context of that universe?”
The actor added that Ghost Rider is “a very philosophical character. I think it makes him special from other super-heroes.” While all of that may be insightful, it hardly answers the question.
And, to add fuel to the fire (pun intended), Norman Reedus of The Walking Dead fame has gone on record as saying he would like his chance as Ghost Rider. “I want to play Ghost Rider,” Reedus has said. “I want my face to turn into a fire skull and whip a chain around. That would be great.” So, as usual, stay tuned.
The Marvel Comics Ghost Rider character–created by editor Roy Thomas, writer Gary Friedrich and artist Mike Ploog–first appeared in Marvel Spotlight No. 5 in 1972 before starring in his own series from 1972-1983.
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