Norman Reedus has expressed interest in playing a Marvel superhero, and we have to say it sounds like a pretty good idea.
Speaking with Uproxx in a new interview, the Walking Dead and Ride With Norman Reedus star was asked if he might be interested in playing Ghost Rider, aka Johnny Blaze. Reedus -- already a diehard motorcycle enthusiast who currently owns five bikes -- was immediately interested:
“Hell yeah. It would be a blast. Do I get a skull face that’s on fire and all that stuff? F*** yeah. I’m down.”
Now, no one knows if or when Ghost Rider may return to the screen, so at the moment this is all hypothetical. The rights to the character have reverted back to Marvel following two ill-conceived movies from Sony starring Nicolas Cage, and there have been rumors that Netflix may be looking to add the character (plus Moon Knight and Blade) to its Marvel series lineup alongside Daredevil, Jessica Jones and the rest. But nothing official has been announced or even hinted about a Ghost Rider reboot yet.
Still, Reedus seems like a great choice for the part -- he knows his way around bikes in real life, and he's great at nailing roles right in that rural working-class sweet spot (Johnny was born in Waukegan, Ill., and worked in a traveling stunt show before becoming Ghost Rider). Plus how cool would it be to possibly see him reunited with former Walking Dead star Jon Bernthal, who's now playing the Punisher, in some crossover down the road?
Speaking of The Walking Dead, we don't know if Reedus' character, Daryl Dixon, was the target of Negan's vicious and unquestionably fatal beating at the end of last season, but there have been a lot of rumors about Daryl's demise either way. So Reedus could soon find himself with a lot of free time on his hands -- and a flaming skull awaiting him.
Do you think Reedus would make a good Johnny Blaze? Would be that a strong enough reason alone to launch a Ghost Rider series?