With filming set to begin next month, Universal has been busy filling out the cast of Kick-Ass 2 - the sequel to Mathew Vaughn's darkly comic 2010 super hero satire. There were some questions about whether or not the original cast of Kick-Ass would be coming back for the sequel, but it looks like most of them will be returning.
There will be some newcomers to the cast as well, including Donald Faison as Doctor Gravity - a college student with delusions of grandeur who wields a tinfoil covered baseball bat - and John Leguizamo as Javier, Red Mist's bodyguard. And now it looks like Jim Carrey might be joining the crime fighting misfits.
According to Deadline, Universal is looking to Jim Carrey for the role of The Colonel, who helps lead the group of heroes in their fight against evil. Carrey is apparently a big fan of Mathew Vaughn and Kick-Ass, going so far as to dress up as the title character and sing a duet with Conan O'Brien during a stop on the latter's 'Legally Prohibited From Being Funny On Television' 2010 comedy tour.
Presumably, The Colonel is the same character as Colonel Stars, who appears in Mark Millar's comic series as a former Mob lieutenant who turns to crime-fighting when he becomes is a born-again Christian.
Carrey recently finished filming The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, and will hopefully start working on Dumb and Dumber Too soon (although his involvement in that film is still up in the air). He is no stranger to comic book movies, though, having played The Riddler in Batman Forever (1995) and Stanley Ipkiss in The Mask (1994).
Carrey is brilliant at over-the-top comedy, which should make him a good fit for Kick-Ass 2, which promises to be even more wild (and disturbing) than the original film. Of course, there has been some debate over how much of Millar's controversial material will end up in the sequel; Millar himself said that the movie wouldn't pull any punches, but he's been known to exaggerate. On the other hand, Christopher Mintz-Plasse has said that the most controversial parts of the book won't be in the movie.
Whatever the case, Carrey's involvement in Kick-Ass 2 should be considered a good thing. The first film's unique take on the superhero genre was a hit with audiences and Carrey, as stated, would be a great addition to the cast.
Kick-Ass 2 hits theaters June 28, 2013