If you've got any sense at all you're planning to stay far, far away from Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, the sequel to 2007's Ghost Rider that nobody asked for and that Nicolas Cage is most likely making to pay off his latest pyramid purchase. But much as Men In Black III may have lured me in by casting Emma Thompson, Sony has figured out a way to make me care about Ghost Rider 2 just a bit: they cast Ciaran Hinds as the devil.

The Irish actor known for roles in, well, everything-- you saw him lately as Daniel Plainview's right-hand man in There Will Be Blood and as Gaius Julius Caesar on Rome-- has been cast, according to THR, as the devil who wants to take over the body of his own son on the kid's birthday. Violante Placido, who you may have seen getting seduced by George Clooney in The American, has also signed on as the boy's mother. Yes, she's the woman who made a child with the devil, but who are you to question her decisions?

The movie will start shooting in Romania and Turkey last this year, with Crank geniuses Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor working from the script they wrote. Yes, it's probably a slightly good sign that minds as bizarre as Neveldine and Taylor will be handling the film, but I suffered through Gamer and remain skeptical that they can entertain us without Jason Statham at the center of everything. Find a way for Statham to show up in this one, though, and we're talking.
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