Chloë Moretz on Returning as a More Mature 'Hit-Girl' in Kick-Ass 2
09.22.11 by BrentJS
Whether or not there will be a sequel to Kick-Ass seems to depend upon who is being asked the question. Mark Millar, the creator of the comic book on which the movie is based, has been talking about a sequel since the first movie was still in theaters and is still adamant that Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall will get made. Matthew Vaughn, who co-produced and directed the first movie, is far less certain about a sequel, but he's also not ruling it out, saying that it "might" yet happen. But, Kick-Ass screenwriter Jane Goldman has said that she
doesn't think it's going to happen at all and is "not entirely sure" that it even needs a sequel.
Assuming that Millar, Vaughn and Goldman can all get on the same page about the sequel, the biggest obstacle seems to be the fact that comic book characters don't age, while the actors who play them do. One of the things that made Kick-Ass so controversial (and awesome) was the fact that the best action scenes starred then-tween actress Chloë Moretz as the pint-size vigilante Hit-Girl, an 11-year-old trained from early childhood by her father, Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage), to be a killer. In a recent interview with GTBP, Moretz said that aging Hit-Girl will be a good thing, allowing the character to be shown "in a different light," as a more mature, "Catwoman-y" character, rather than simply as Big Daddy's little soldier.
I think [the character is] going to be a little bit older. I’d like to do it in the next year or two because I think that’s a really good time age-wise. You can show Hit Girl in a different light which would be a lot of fun.
I think it would be fun to show her — because you know her as this 11-year-old assassin — so I think it would be fun to show her as this twisted young adult, this 16-17-year-old Catwoman-y almost, twisted and dark person.
We actually like the idea of seeing an edgy teenage version of Hit-Girl in the sequel, but that would mean the movie script will have to differ considerably from Millar's comic book sequel, Kick-Ass 2, which is currently on its third issue. In Millar's sequel, Hit-Girl has put away her guns and knives and is trying to be a good girl, while Kick-Ass finds a group of like-minded homemade superheroes to pal around with in his fight to stop the Red Mist (now going by the name "The Motherf*cker") and his gang of "supervillains."