Kick-Ass star Chloë Grace Moretz says she has no intention of reprising her role as Hit-Girl in Matthew Vaughn's planned continuation of the series.
Moretz originated the role of Mindy Macready in 2010's Kick-Ass and reprised her role for the 2013 sequel. Bringing Mark Miller and John Romita Jr.'s foul-mouthed comic book heroine to life, Moretz was praised as one of the best parts of both films.
But speaking at the Provincetown Film Festival, the 21-year-old actress said she “wished [Kick-Ass 2] had been handled in a little bit of a different way.” Although she reiterated,"I love the franchise, I think the first movie was really, really special," she wasn't pleased with the sequel.
Opening up about her potential future as Hit-Girl, Moretz said she would rather leave the character with her fond memories of the first Kick-Ass than continue milking the part. "I kinda wanna keep everyone's mind in Kick-Ass," she said. "So I don't think there will be a Kick-Ass 3, at least I don't think with Hit-Girl in it."
Her criticism is leveled at Kick-Ass 2, which largely came under fire for being a copy of the original. Moretz isn't the only one who has been outspoken about the sequel, as Jim Carrey refused to promote Kick-Ass 2 due to its use of gratuitous violence in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
If Vaughn is planning on moving forward with a third movie that doesn't focus on Aaron Taylor-Johnson, the arrival of someone like Patience Lee could fill the void left by both the original Kick-Ass and by Hit-Girl. If rebooting Kick-Ass entirely, it could be time for another young actress to step into the role of Mindy and move away from Moretz's portrayal.
Part of Vaughn's plan for an expanded Kick-Ass world reportedly includes a Hit-Girl solo movie as either a sequel to the first two movies or an origin story with the character under the tutelage of Big Daddy. Given that Nicolas Cage's perfomance as Big Daddy was also a highlight of Kick-Ass, it could've been great to see him step back into the role with Moretz by his side. Either way, any chances of a Hit-Girl movie starring Moretz just took a major hit.