The cast of villains and heroes on hand for Kick-Ass 2 seems to be growing by the day, setting the stage for one sizable fight. With shooting beginning in just a matter of days, director Jeff Wadlow has taken to Twitter to give a few looks at the sets, costumes, and more.
Included in the photos is the first image of villain Red Mist's sizable Russian bodyguard, Mother Russia. While it's not yet possible to tell exactly who the actress in question actually is, the photo guarantees that she has the size and strength to do the character justice.
In Mark Millar's outrageous Kick-Ass universe, Mother Russia acts as bodyguard to Red Mist (now known as 'The Motherf**er), defending him from attackers and taking out those he demands. Given the events of the first film, it's a safe bet that the titular hero and his small-but-deadly sidekick will be prime targets. Millar has already stated that the fight between Hit-Girl and Mother Russia will be one of the film's most memorable moments, having witnessed the planned fight choreography alone. Since Hit-Girl's final showdown was one of, if not the most memorable action scenes in the original film, it's a good sign that the creator is expecting that to be outdone, especially with a new director.
But to put on a fight like that, the actress tapped for the role of Mother Russia has some seriously large boots to fill. Wadlow sent a photo from the set with the caption "Chris just met Mother Russia!" The first encounter between Christopher Mintz-Plasse and his soon-to-be bodyguard speaks for itself:
The mystery actress can now hopefully be identified (assuming someone recognizes the arm) but in the meantime it's good to know that Wadlow is committed to delivering a villain that is every bit as over-sized and powerful as she was in the pages of the comic book. Mother Russia joins John Lequizamo's Javier and Jim Carrey's 'Colonel Stars' as the latest batch of aspiring villains and heroes set to expand the cast beyond the relatively small group in the first film. And judging by the pairing of oddball character profiles to actors well known for eccentricities, there should be no shortage of scene-stealers (that in itself is a blessing, with no more of Nicolas Cage's 'Kryptonite!' wails to keep us enthralled).
Wadlow has released a few more set photos along with the Mother Russia teaser, including her massive blade (etched with the message "God Giveth, and God Taketh Away"), Hit-Girl's Ducati, and more. Have a look:
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Fans won't truly know what to expect from the character's role in the film until the actress is officially announced, but for now her size and stature will have to do.
Which villains or characters are you Kick-Ass fans most looking forward to seeing brought to life? We'd offer some suggestions, but most of their monikers are better left unsaid. If more cast members or cameos are confirmed, we'll keep you up to date.
Kick-Ass 2 is scheduled for a June 28, 2013 release date.
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