UPDATE: Kick-Ass 2 co-creator Mark Millar has confirmed that Carrey is joining the film as The Colonel. Scroll down for Details.
With only a few more days until cameras start rolling on Kick-Ass 2, the movie's production has now hit a breakneck pace, trying to get all of its ducks in a row. While many of the first film's major players have already been tapped to reprise their roles, a few newcomers have also been added to the mix including Donald Faison (Doctor Gravity) and John Leguizamo (Red Mist's bodyguard Javier). Still, as with any good sequel, there were many more roles to go around, a few of which had yet to be filled.
The newest rumor was that Universal was very interested in casting Jim Carrey for the role of The Colonel, better known to Kick-Ass fans as Colonel Stars. At the time, it seemed like a perfect role for Carrey, who most recently wrapped production on The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, and now it appears Universal may have gotten their wish.
Yesterday, Wadlow took to Twitter – as he has been doing in the days leading up to production – to confirm that the film had found its Colonel. Since this is obviously a major role, Wadlow didn't announce the specific casting in 140 characters, but he provided a telling hint as to who it might be:
"6 days till we start shooting... and we officially have our Colonel. Alrighty f'n then!"
It's still not an outright confirmation by anyone at Universal that Jim Carrey has been cast, but the inclusion of "Alrighty f'n then" is very telling. Any fan of Carrey's will recognize the signature catch phrase of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, a role that put the former In Living Color player on the map.
Since it's the weekend, and a holiday weekend at that, we don't expect any confirmation right now but, given the tease, we're pegging Jim Carrey as having accepted the role. Like Nicolas Cage in the first film, Carrey will likely deliver a goofy superhero character - with a "badass" demeanor.
UPDATE: Mark Millar himself posted on his Millar World blog that Careey has accepted the role as Colonel Stars:
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.... 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.
This wouldn't mark the first time Carrey has starred in a big budget superhero flick, though; back in 1995 he took on the role of The Riddler for Joel Schumacher's Batman Forever, a part that asked him to essentially play an exaggerated version of the characters he'd been playing. Colonel Stars, on the other hand, falls more in line with an aggressive military type, than a strictly comedy-fueled villain.
In the Kick-Ass 2 comic (subtitled Balls to the Wall) Colonel Stars is a member of Justice Forever, a 'poor man's Justice League' formed by the series' heroes. In addition to being a masked vigilante like Kick Ass and Hit Girl, Stars has close ties to the first comic series' villain John Genovese – who was renamed Frank D'Amico for the films and played by Mark Strong. Colonel Stars, unlike D'Amico's son Chris (now operating under the pseudonym Red Mist) was able to get out of the mafia racket, and find solace in Justice Forever.
This is a film adaptation, however, so expect some deviation to exist in Wadlow's script, but we hope he preserves Mark Millar and John Romita's character as best he can. Considering there are several actors we'd love to see Carrey reunite with – most obviously his Dumb and Dumber co-star Jeff Daniels – there's also the hope Lieutenant Stripes, Stars' brother, will also be included in the film.
As we mentioned before, Kick-Ass 2 begins filming in just a few short days so expect more casting from the film's production, including confirmation of Carrey as The Colonel, soon.
Kick-Ass 2 is slated for a June 28, 2013 release date.
Source: Jeff Wadlow
Updated Source: Millar World