A short while ago, we reported that Universal was interested in Jim Carrey for a role in Jeff Wadlow’s Kick-Ass 2. Now, Carrey’s role has been confirmed by the director himself via Twitter. Carrey will play Colonel Stars, a founding member of Justice Forever who recruits heroes to the crime fighting group. The sequel also features the return of Aaron Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Nicolas Cage and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. To see what Wadlow had to say about adding Carrey to the cast as well as a wrap up of casting so far, hit the jump.
Deadline reports that Carrey has been confirmed to play the Colonel in Kick-Ass 2. The sequel is only a few days away from shooting, as Wadlow announced on his Twitter account. He also mentioned the casting of the Colonel using a famous catchphrase from Carrey’s Ace Ventura films:
“6 days till we start shooting… and we officially have our Colonel. Alrighty f’n then!”
Who else will be joining Carrey in Kick-Ass 2? Well, Lindy Booth (Dawn of the Dead) is in talks to play Night Bitch, a hero who joins Justice Forever after being inspired by Kick-Ass and hopes to avenge the murder of her sister. Johnson returns as Kick-Ass, Moretz will reprise her role as Hit-Girl and Mintz-Plasse antagonizes as The Red Mist once again. Donald Faison (Scrubs) has joined as Doctor Gravity, another hero inspired by Kick-Ass who accompanies him on his patrols. John Leguizamo (Moulin Rouge) has also joined the picture as the enigmatic “Javier. Robert Emms (War Horse) has also been rumored to star as Insect Man, another member of Justice Forever who is a cop in his daily life.
Nicolas Cage and Yancy Butler also return to the sequel as Big Daddy and Angie D’Amico, respectively. Look for Kick-Ass 2 to debut on June 28th, 2013.
Update: Kick-Ass co-creator and writer Mark Millar wrote a blog post following up on the news of Carrey joining the cast. While you can head over to his blog to check out his full commentary, here are some of the interesting bits. First up, Millar compares Carrey to another veteran actor he was excited about from the first film:
“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.”
On what Carrey will be asked to do versus what the actor is capable of:
“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 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.”
Finally, Millar also talked about one last bit of casting to be shored up:
“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.”