Original Cast Set to Return for Kick-Ass 2; Comic Book Creator Spills Details
Posted 06.01.12 by Ryan
When it was announced that Kick-Ass 2 was finally moving forward with new director Jeff Wadlow (Cry Wolf) replacing too-busy-to-return Matthew Vaughn, the news also came with the reveal that the original installment's cast (Chloë Grace Moretz, Aaron Johnson, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse) would have to work out new deals with Universal (Lionsgate released the first Kick-Ass). This led to speculation that some of the original cast might not appear in the sequel, though, considering how well the cast has spoken of the original in the intervening years, it seemed unlikely. Not to worry, the cast is even closer to a return, with added surprises as well.
According to Deadline, Johnson, Mintz-Plasse, and Moretz are all nearly done with their deals to return as Kick-Ass, Red Mist, and Hit-Girl, respectively. The added surprise is that Nicolas Cage might also reprise his role as Big Daddy, despite the fact that his character met an untimely death in the original movie. Reportedly, Cage would be back for only a cameo, but the report was enough to prompt Kick-Ass comic book co-creator and self-perpetuating gossiper Mark Millar to discuss Cage's return on his website's forum.
But how great would one of the Hit-Girl mini-series flashbacks be in this movie? New training sequences with Big Daddy and his daughter back when she was little? I can neither confirm nor deny, but the Nic Cage rumour is certainly interesting.
Millar was far more willing to spill details about Kick-Ass 2 in a recent interview with Digital Spy UK, revealing that Moretz will have a more involved role in the sequel as Millar's upcoming Hit-Girl spin-off comic has also been adapted into Kick-Ass 2.
Hit-Girl will be the first 30 minutes of the movie and then the next 70 minutes is Kick-Ass 2. So Hit-Girl is structured as the first act.
Much like the second volume of the comic book, which sees both Kick-Ass and Red Mist form rival "superhero" teams, Millar says that Mintz-Plasse's character will become even more hideous in the sequel.
So to see the guy you know as the charming McLovin doing awful things, it's going to be doubly upsetting, and that was always the plan. He's a very, very underrated actor. I think sometimes if you do comedy, people don't accept that you are a serious actor, but he's one of those guys who can turn his mind to anything.
The second volume of the Kick-Ass comic book was even more gristly than the first, but Millar says that no matter how far the envelope was pushed, the movie version of Kick-Ass 2 will follow faithfully.(WARNING: If you haven't read the comic, the following contains SPOILERS!)
Every horrible scene in the book will be in the film. The c**t line in the first one, everybody said "there's no way you're getting that in the movie," but it happened and it's the same thing with this. Everybody is saying "you can't have a gang rape scene with supervillains" and "you can't have the dog's head cut off," but every single one of those scenes will go in it. END: SPOILERS
Production on Kick-Ass 2 is scheduled to start this fall.