After it was announced that Mark Millar’s new Kick-Ass would be a black, female military veteran, people were already throwing around names of who could play her in the movie adaptation. The first two Kick-Ass movies starred Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chloë Grace Moretz as Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl, respectively. The first film, which was directed by Matthew Vaughn in 2010, was critically acclaimed and grossed nearly $100 million dollars worldwide despite its R-rating, coming more than five years before the recent trend of R-rated superhero movies like Logan and Deadpool.
A third Kick-Ass movie would probably incorporate the new character since the original Kick-Ass’ storyline is officially over. Mark Millar himself weighed in on who he’d like to see in the role, and it’s not exactly a major surprise.
— Mark Millar (@mrmarkmillar) January 17, 2018
Tessa Thompson is one of 2017’s breakout stars after her scene-stealing performance in Thor: Ragnarok. Originally the star of 2014’s Dear White People, Thompson passed on the opportunity to star in the Netflix original series, which was adapted into a ten-episode season by the film’s writer and director, Justin Simien. In 2015, Thompson starred alongside Michael B. Jordan in Ryan Coogler’s Creed, garnering acclaim for her performance as Bianca. This year, you can see Thompson in Alex Garland’s Annihilation, as well as in Creed II, where the young Adonis goes toe-to-toe with Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), the man who killed his father.
According to an interview with Mark Millar from Entertainment Weekly:
“The original four volumes of Kick-Ass, the Dave Lizewski story, got tied up a couple of years ago and this is a brand new character. I’d always wanted to do what Doctor Who or The Flash does and create a legacy character, Kick-Ass being designed for that. The idea is that he inspires other people to do what he did, just putting on a costume and cleaning up their neighborhood, and that’s what happens here,” Millar says. “I wanted to shake up the setting a little and shifted the whole thing to New Mexico. The lead is a woman this time, a mother in her early 30s with two young kids. She’s also a military vet who came home to find her life in a completely different setting from the way it was when she went to Afghanistan so the actual dynamic of the book is really different, but at the same time the flavor is identical.”
Mark Millar’s new Kick-Ass launches on Valentine’s Day 2018.
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