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Mendes cast opposite Cage

“Hitch” hottie Eva Mendes is toplining another Columbia Pictures pic, “Ghost Rider,” opposite Nicolas Cage.

Pic begins shooting Feb. 14 in Melbourne, Australia.

Mendes will play Roxanne Simpson, girlfriend to stunt motorcyclist Johhny Blaze (Cage). Wes Bentley will play the villain Blackheart.

Directed by Mark Steven Johnson, the Marvel Comics property centers on Blaze, a motorcyclist who makes a pact with dark forces, gets double-crossed and battles the bad guys to protect the woman he loves.

Michael De Luca, Avi Arad, Steven Paul and Gary Foster produce. Johnson rewrote a Shane Salerno script.

In addition to “Hitch,” in which Mendes stars opposite Will Smith, thesp will soon be seen in the indie pic “Wendell Baker Story,” with Will Ferrell and Luke and Owen Wilson. She recently wrapped “Trust the Man,” with Julianne Moore and Billy Crudup.

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