Mark Millar wants Tessa Thompson to play the all-new Kick-Ass – and the actor agrees. Mark Millar has been living large these past few years; Kingsman: The Golden Circle continued the success of the franchise built around his book, and Millar introduced a brand-new Kick-Ass in the form of mother and superhero, Patience Lee. The series marks a fresh take on the character who starred in two movies, though the sequel failed to live up to the first one. But all of that paled in comparison to the monumental news that Netflix purchased Millarworld and plans to bring many of the writer’s works to life as films and TV shows.
The Millarworld news means that many of his properties, which have long been envisioned as films and TV shows, may finally see the light of day. It also allows Netflix to wade more deeply into comic book waters as Disney’s upcoming streaming service will limit their Marvel ties. And with Millar involved, Netflix not only has his existing works but will have access to all of his new books as well. But the questions is, will a Kick-Ass TV show or movie be possible?
Last month, Mark Millar said he wanted Tessa Thompson to play the new Kick-Ass, and Thompson finally responded to the idea on Twitter:
— Tessa Thompson (@TessaThompson_x) February 8, 2018
Thompson has been a rising star recently, making a splash on shows like Westworld and joining the MCU as Valkyrie in last year’s Thor: Ragnarok. She’ll next appear in Alex Garland’s Annihilation, which looks to break new ground in the sci-fi genre. Thompson will be back for season 2 of Westworld and will continue on the MCU for Avengers 4. Meanwhile, early Annihilation reviews are hailing it as a worthy follow-up to Garland’s Ex Machina. All told, Thompson likely has her pick of what roles she wants to fill.
For now, however, it’s unclear whether Netflix is able to make Kick-Ass content, even though they own Millarworld. Despite the deal between Millar and Netflix, Matthew Vaughn still owns the Kick-Ass film rights – and Vaughn and Millar seem to work well enough together on the Kingsman films – which Lionsgate is in control of the property’s TV rights. So, while it’s not impossible, Netflix needs to jump through some hoops first. But given the power of Netflix, as well as some of the success Millar’s properties have had on the big screen, both Vaughn and Lionsgate might be keen to work something out with the streaming giant, especially if the in-demand Thompson were involved in any way.
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