Among the relatively recent updates about the anticipated follow-up to the 2010 action-comedy Kick-Ass was that the production was finished in Toronto and set to resume shooting in London. Since then, Jeff Wadlow's Tweets from the set haven't seemed quite as frequent, but we do have some updates on the project, including an official synopsis, courtesy of Universal, and one recent set photo.
Matthew Vaughn's Kick-Ass was based on a comic book by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr., and introduced Dave (Aaron Johnson), a DIY superhero by the name of Kick-Ass, who teamed up with two other fighters Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) and his daughter Mindy/Hit-Girl (Chloe Moretz) to take down drug lord Frank D'Amico. In the process, Dave befriended Frank's son Chris (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), who took on the persona Red Mist.
Jeff Wadlow is set to direct the sequel to the story, and Universal has offered an updated plot synopsis, which reveals some details about where the story will pick up. Those of you who only want the mildly spoilery description need only read the first paragraph. Things get a bit more detailed in the other two.
Kick-Ass, Hit Girl and Red Mist return for the follow-up to 2010’s irreverent global hit: Kick-Ass 2. After Kick-Ass’ (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse)—reborn as The Mother F%&*^r—only the blade-wielding Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) can prevent their annihilation.
A vengeance story seems fitting, given how Kick-Ass ended.
Among the other updates, as mentioned, Wadlow doesn't seem to be tweeting quite as much these days, but he did post this photo among his recent Tweets, along with the caption, "Nobody puts Daddy in the corner."
The plot synopsis doesn't mention how Big Daddy might factor into the story in the sequel, though flashback sequences might be the most obvious guess.
And in other news, IMDB has Augustus Prew listed as the actor set to play Todd in the sequel. Todd is introduced in the original film as one of Dave's friends, and he was played by Evan Peters. As Peters is set to return to American Horror Story for a new role in the FX drama series' second season (which premieres tonight), it seems fair to assume that scheduling conflicts might have played a factor in his inability to return for the Kick-Ass sequel. Peters' fans will likely be disappointed by his absence in the film, but Prew does have a similar look. His recent credits include The Borgias and Charlie St. Cloud.
Kick-Ass 2 is currently scheduled to arrive in theaters June 28, 2013.