Earlier today we brought you the news that "Kick-"Ass" and "Ghost Rider" actor Nicolas Cage might be adding yet another comic book movie to his resume with a villainous role in Seth Rogen and Michel Gondry's "Green Hornet." Now, we have word straight from Rogen himself about the character Cage is in talks to play.
"There was no classic villain, so we had to create a villain," Rogen told MTV News of the film's chief villain.
Given the hero's status as a somewhat unknown commodity among modern audiences and his lack of a recognizable rogues gallery, the decision seems to make sense. But Rogen cautioned that the villain wouldn't be the absurd, over-the-top nemesis that often squares off against masked heroes in theaters these days.
"No, [he's] not over-the-top. We wanted him to be very scary," said the actor of his character's villainous counterpart. "We don’t feel that that’s where the comedy in the movie should come from, necessarily."
As to the other rumor that hit the wire today, tagging Cameron Diaz to play the love interest of Rogen's hero, the actor called Diaz "wonderful."
According to Rogen, "The Green Hornet" is currently in a "heavy pre-production" phase at this point, though he was cautious not to reveal any details about the plot of the film.
"We’re writing and we’re building sets," he explained. "We’re coordinating the stunts and fights and chases and we’re going through all that stuff. It's crazy."
With some idea of both the villain The Green Hornet is likely to face and the woman he'll be romancing in the film, there's still at least one very big question yet to be answered: who will play Kato?
Keep it locked to Splash Page for more "Green Hornet" news as it develops.
What do you think of the possibility that Nicolas Cage will join the "Green Hornet" cast? And what about Rogen's description of the villain?