Aaron Johnson Says Kick-Ass 2 Will Be R-Rated and Could Begin Filming this Fall
06.18.12 by BJSprecher
When Kick-Ass comic book creator Mark Millar said earlier this year that a sequel to Kick-Ass would begin shooting this summer, we pretty much thought he was full of hot air and hyperbole, like so many times before. After all, the original movie wasn't quite the monster hit that everyone expected, and title star Aaron Johnson is far more in demand now than he was before the first movie. Not only that, but break-out star Chloë Moretz was already bordering on being too old to play Hit-Girl when the first movie was shot, and now, at 15, she's definitely too old to play the 11-year-old character.
Well, it turned out that Millar was correct about Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall shooting this year, though his summer start date was a bit premature. We learned last month that the property jumped from Lionsgate to Universal and that director Jeff Wadlow (Cry Wolf) would direct, while original director Matthew Vaughn produces. Then, earlier this month, we found out that Universal was close to signing deals with each of the principal cast members. Now, Johnson has confirmed his return as Dave "Kick-Ass" Lizewski in the sequel, which he told Collider will be R-rated and should begin filming this Fall.
It’s pretty much set to go, this Fall. I think now Chloë [Grace Moretz] and Chris [Mintz-Plasse] are on board. I’m certainly set up to do it. Jeff Wadlow is to direct. Yeah, I think it’s going to happen.
Johnson said that he has read the script and that it "delivers."
The only way [Matthew Vaughn] was ever going to make a sequel was if it could be anywhere close to the first one, and keep that class and that quality, and just maintain something original and new and refreshing. And this script delivers all of that, right now. I’m excited to get back in the suit.
Millar has already revealed quite a few details about the plot of Kick-Ass 2, but for those of you who want a spoiler-free synopsis, here's the description of the comic book series on which the movie will be based:
When Dave Lizewski put on his mask and became Kick-Ass, he never imagined things would go this far. Now Dave comes face-to-face with a world he helped bring about, as his dreams of a world of superheroes come true...but will those dreams turn to nightmares?