Nicolas Cage is pumped to head back on set and once again play the man known as both Johnny Blaze and the Ghost Rider for the sequel to the 2007 action flick. And though the second movie, tentatively titled "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance," will deviate from the original film, he stands by that film's merits as well.

"I like it very much, very much," he told MTV News about the script for the sequel. "By the way, I'm not knocking the first one, whatever people think. I stand by that movie as well. I thought it was a Faustian fairytale, like, if Disney were to make a movie about Faust, it would be in that vein, like a Western and a little lighter."



For the sequel, which is set to shoot in November, the "Sorcerer's Apprentice" star said that he's really looking forward to what writer/directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (the guys behind "Crank") will bring to the franchise.

"I'm very excited about those two," he shared. " 'Cause they're originals, and they know how to make a movie look great, and they know how to use a camera. And I think they'll have a fresh, a very fresh take on the character."

And though he couldn't reveal any details about the plot, Cage was able to say that the film won't be "Ghost Rider 2," exactly. "It's a different trajectory, but it's still the same guy," he promised. "That's all I can talk about!"