Earlier this month we reported that Universal Pictures has taken on the Mathew Vaughn produced and Jeff Waldow directed film Kick-Ass 2. None of the actors are officially attached to the film yet, but it was expected that they would all return to reprise their roles. Today we've learned that the studio is currently going through the steps of locking down the actors who starred in the first film. Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass), Chloe Moretz (Hit Girl) and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Red Mist) are all in negotiations. None of them had sequel option, so they all have to negotiate new deals.
Deadline is very optimistic that everyone will be back, they go on to say that they are all nearly done with their deals They also reveal that Nicolas Cage is in talks to return in a cameo role, most likely a flashback scene. It looks like everything is falling into place for the film to to start shooting in the fall, and I can't wait to see how it turns out. Vaughn is the one who picked Waldow to write and direct the movie, so hopefully he brings the awesomeness!
The movie will be based on Mark Millar's comic sequel Kick-Ass: Balls to the Walls, but there will be a few changes to the story, and Hit Girl will have a bigger role in the movie. Here's what the director had to say about the film in a previous interview...
It’s been an interesting process because for those of you who know the property really well, the movie takes some significant liberties with the first comic book. So then Mark did the sequel to the comic book which is Kick-Ass 2. So I had sort of this movie and the comic book and I had to find the intersection. An adaptation was quite a challenge, but one that I really enjoyed and loved. I think the most important thing that’s gonna change from the Kick-Ass 2 comic to Kick-Ass 2 the movie was just really finding an emotional story to tell. Because what I certainly loved about the first film, and what I think elevated it above most comic book adaptations, is the heart and the emotion in the film. It was sort of my challenge as the film maker and storyteller to find something as emotional in the second film and I think we have some stuff that people are gonna really respond to.
Click here to read some spoilerish details on Hit Girl's role in the story. Did you like the Kick-Ass comics or the movie released more?