I think I just heard the sound of a million hearts breaking. The “Nicolas Cage” has officially stated that he’s checking out of the Ghost Rider franchise. It’s not exactly entirely Cage’s fault why the two films were such a disaster commercially and critically, but I’m NOT saying he isn’t to blame either. I did find enjoyment in last year’s sequel Spirit of Vengeance, thanks to Neveldine/Taylor’s over-the-top direction. Cage’s performance was “so bad, it’s good,” in a guilty pleasure delivery. However, it is time to see if someone else can handle the character.

Collider caught up with “The Cage” during an interview and asked about a possible return to the property. Here is his response:

It’s possible, but it won’t be with me,” said Cage. “I’ve said what I have to say. I don’t want to say never…anything’s possible. But I doubt, highly, that I would be in a third installment of that.”

I can’t say this is terrible news because the studios just could not figure out how to sell this character to audiences, especially with Cage. Hopefully, Marvel will reclaim the rights and figure out how to do the adaptation justice.

Who would you like to see replace the role of Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider?