For some time it's been said that Jim Carrey is going to play Colonel Stars in Mark Millar's Kick-Ass 2 movie, and now it is official.
Director Jeff Wadlow has taken to his Twitter account to announce the news.
6 days till we start shooting... and we officially have our Colonel. Alrighty f'n then!
Likewise, Mark Millar posted in his Forums how excited he is to have Jim Carrey onboard.
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. In fact, I think he had lunch with Vaughn the day before that Conan O'Brien kick-Ass/ Superman duet you can see in the link. 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. I remember reading an interview with Spielberg, a great one back in Empire for a JAws anniversary, where he was saying that Jim would be his choice for Chief Brodie were he shooting Jaws now. He said he could see the brilliant dramatic range Jim had as well as the comedy people knew him for at that time. For all these reasons, combined with the conversation we had with him on the phone, I'm so genuinely excited about this. I can't wait to see what he does once the cameras are on.
Colonel Stars was once part of the Genovese organization, but survived the onslaught from Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl. He went on to change his ways forming the super team, Justice Forever, recruiting Kick-Ass along the way.
Kick-Ass 2 opens June 28, 2013, directed by Jeff Wadlow, based on the Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. graphic novel, starring Aaron Johnson, ChloÃ« Grace Moretz, Jim Carrey, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, John Leguizamo and Lyndsy Fonseca.