According to The Hollywood Reporter, Wes Bentley has signed on to play the bad guy in Columbia Pictures' upcoming Nicolas Cage starrer, Ghost Rider. Bentley will play Black Heart in the Marvel Comics adaptation.

The film stars Cage in the title role. He plays a former motorcycle stuntman who agrees to let his body become host to a vengeful spirit, Ghost Rider, a bike-riding demon, to secure the safety of his true love.

Mark Steven Johnson is directing. Shane Salerno wrote the original draft of the Columbia project.

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Ghost Rider previously was set up at Dimension Films, with David S. Goyer attached to direct. Matt Tolmach, the studio's co-president of production, is overseeing the project. Bentley most recently appeared in The Four Feathers.

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