The original stars of Matthew Vaughn’s “Kick-Ass” – Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse – are close to finalizing deals to return for the recently greenlit sequel, according to Deadline.
Jeff Wadlow takes the directing reigns on the sequel since Vaughn is committed to directing the “X-Men: First Class” sequel that was recently set for a July 18, 2014 release date. In the original film, based on the comic book of the same name by by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr, Johnson played Dave Lizewski, an ordinary teenager and comic book fan who decides to become a real life superhero, giving himself the moniker Kick-Ass. He was aided by the foul-mouthed and highly trained Hit-Girl, played by Moretz. Since the two stars have enjoyed considerably higher profiles in Hollywood since the film in 2010, there had been a question of whether they would be able to return or whether their characters would have to be recast, but now it seems everything is coming together and a planned fall shoot is in sight.
Moretz was recently seen opposite Johnny Depp in Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows”, which was unfortunately mostly passed over in the shadow of “The Avengers”, and recently landed the titular role in Kimberly Pierce’s remake of Stephen King classic horror “Carrie.” Johnson was last seen opposite Glenn Close in her Oscar-nominated role as “Albert Nobbs” and will next be seen alongside Taylor Kitsch and Blake Lively in Oliver Stone’s “Savages.”