While many were quick to dismiss the likelihood of Jim Carrey accepting a role in Kick-Ass 2, a recent comments from director Mark Wadlow and comic writer Mark Millar suggest we shouldn't be so hasty.
Writing over the weekend on Twitter, Wadlow teased, "6 days till we start shooting ... and we officially have our Colonel. Alrighty f'n then!" Connoisseurs of vintage Carrey will instantly recognize the last sentence as a reference to the phrase often repeated by the actor in 1994's Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and the 1995 sequel Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls.
While that comment by itself is hardly definitive, comics writer Mark Millar added as a "clue" to co-star Christopher Mintz-Plasse that "he lives with 200 raccoons and parrots, owns the mask of Loki and named by Spielberg as a genius. " All of course point to Carrey.
Although the actor's involvement originally was characterized as "far from a sure thing,” he's said to be a fan of Matthew Vaughn and the original film -- he even wore a Kick-Ass costume in 2010 when he sang a duet with Conan O’Brien during the talk-show host’s “The Legally Prohibited From Being Funny On Television Tour.” Carrey would play Colonel Stars, an ex-Mafia member turned vigilante who, with his brother Lieutenant Stripes, forms the costumed superhero team Justice Forever.
Based on Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.’s miniseries and the Hit-Girl spinoff, the film picks up months after the 2010 action comedy, as Kick-Ass forms alliances with other local heroes and joins Justice Forever, which discovers the Red Mist — rechristened “Motherfucker” — is gathering his own group of villains.
Carrey would join returning cast members Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz, Mintz-Plasse and Yancy Butler, along with new additions John Leguizamo, Donald Faison, Lindy Booth, Andy Nyman, Morris Chestnut and Robert Emms.
Kick-Ass 2 opens June 28, 2013.