Ciaran Hinds (HBO’s Rome) and Italian actress-singer Violante Placido (The American) are in talks to join the cast of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. According to Heat Vision, the sequel to 2007’s Ghost Rider sees “Johnny Blaze, aka Ghost Rider (Nicolas Cage), hiding out in remote Eastern Europe and struggling to repress his curse. Blaze is recruited by a sect to take on the devil, who wants to take over his mortal son’s body on the boy’s birthday.” Hinds will be playing the role of the devil, while Placido will play the boy’s mother.
Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the minds behind the Crank franchise, are directing the 3D film. They also wrote the screenplay, working off of a story by David Goyer (Batman Begins). Shooting is set to begin in late-November for a February 17, 2012 release date.