Earlier this week, co-directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor tweeted that "the dual role of Blaze / Zarathos will be a Nic Cage classic".
The comment caused many to wrongly assume that Cage would be portraying both the film's hero and villain, which the directors have now been forced to deny.
"Zarathos is the spirit that inhabits John Blaze when he becomes Ghost Rider," Taylor explained to Collider. "But unlike the first movie, where the rider was stiffly acted out by various stunt guys, Nic will be playing all the Ghost Rider stuff himself, and we're creating a whole physical language for the demon that is different from the human Blaze."
His remarks confirm that rather than playing both the film's hero and villain, Cage will simply be taking on the role of the Ghost Rider himself, as well as his alter ego Johnny Blaze.
The movie's plot sees Blaze hiding out in Eastern Europe to avoid the ramifications of his recent transformation until he becomes embroiled in a battle with the devil.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is due to be released February 17, 2012.