Earlier this week, we reported that Jim Carrey has been confirmed to star in Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall as Colonel Stars, a key figure in the formation of the superhero group Justice Forever. Last night, comic book creator Mark Millar spoke more about the casting in a post on his official blog, where he revealed this has been in the works for a few years.
"Matthew Vaughn, Jeff Wadlow and I did a conference call with Jim a couple of weeks back and we've been itching to talk about this ever since because the energy Jim's going to bring to Colonel Stars has me buzzing as much as Nic Cage with Big Daddy. You have to remember that Big Daddy's role before Cage came on was a much more straightforward bad-ass. It was Nic who gave him that Adam West delivery and brought this incredible warmth to the character, especially with regard to Mindy.
Nic is really good friends with Jim Carrey and it's well known to everyone that Jim loved the first movie. In fact, I think he had lunch with Vaughn the day before that Conan O'Brien Superman/Kick-Ass duet you can see in the link. So we've been talking very informally about this for a little over two years now. We didn't quite know what Jim was going to be doing in the sequel, but the entire team loves him to bits and I've been a fan since I first saw him. I remember reading an interview with (Steven) Spielberg, a great one back in Empire for a Jaws anniversary, where he was saying that Jim would be his choice for Chief Brodie were he shooting Jaws now. He said he could see the brilliant dramatic range Jim had as well as the comedy people knew him for at that time. For all these reasons, combined with the conversation we had with him on the phone, I'm so genuinely excited about this. I can't wait to see what he does once the cameras are on.
So as you can see from the online reports there's a Hell of a cast shaping up here. The movie runs from Hit-Girl #1 to Kick-Ass 2 #7 and fans of the comic will know that the part of Uncle Ralphie is still to be announced. He's the big-bad from the Hit-Girl series and you, my friends, are in for a treat.
But this is all incredibly cool. Millarworld has had two movies released so far and several in various stages of production right now (another one starts shooting in the New Year). But I think this is the closest to starstruck I've been on anything so far. LOVE Jim Carrey. Can't wait to meet him at Pinewood.
PS A lot of people have been asking what Kick-Ass graphic novels are available in stores and the answer is below...
Hit-Girl bridges the gap between the first two stories and is the first 30 mins of the Kick-Ass 2 movie. Issues 1 and 2 have third printings out this week and issue 3 is out the week after next. Issues 4 and 5, concluding the series, are out in October and November. The series will be collected into a hardcover early in the New Year as Johnny and I move into Kick-Ass 3."