Universal Pictures is close to finalizing deals with Aaron Johnson and Chloe Moretz to return for Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall, which will be directed by Jeff Wadlow.

Christopher Mintz-Plasse is also close to finalizing his deal, and Nicolas Cage is in negotiations to return in a cameo role. None of the Kick-Ass cast members had sequel deals in place, which fueled speculation that some of the roles may be re-cast. There are still several other new roles yet to be filled.

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Jeff Wadlow is directing from his own screenplay, which is adapted from Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.'s comic book series. Matthew Vaughn directed the original Kick-Ass in 2010, but isn't available to direct the sequel, since he is making the X-Men: First Class Sequel in January.

If all the deals are finalized, production will likely begin in August.