Word emerged late last year that Johnny Whitworth had joined the cast of "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" as a minion of the Devil, though nothing further was revealed at the time. Now we learn that he won't just be any old agent of the underworld; no, Whitworth is set to play the villainous human/demon hybrid Blackout.
The actor himself revealed the news in an interview with AMC Theatres. It might take a true "Ghost Rider" die-hard to work this out, but based on Whitworth's description, it sounds like some changes are being made to the character so it better fits with the movie's plot.
"I play the villain who, at the beginning, up until like page 70, is human," he explained.
In the comics, Blackout is believed to be a hybrid descendant of a human/demon coupling, though his origins have been a bit muddled over time. Whitworth could be mis-stating things in the above comment, with Blackout only thinking he is human until page 70.
The actor continued, "I'm not a very nice guy. I'm bad. I get turned into, for those who read 'Ghost Rider', the character Blackout. I get turned into him by the Devil to complete my job. That gives me the fortitude to fight Ghost Rider and the supernatural abilities to compete on some level with that guy."
The wording "I get turned into him" further supports the idea that the Blackout in "Spirit of Vengeance" may be altered somewhat from his comic book roots. Again though, this could also just be a case of something being lost in the description.
Chime in "Ghost Rider" fans — does is sound to you like the character is being taken in a different direction for the movie? Let us know what you think in the comment section or on Twitter!