Months after it was first rumored, it’s not official – “Layer Cake” and “Stardust” helmer Matthew Vaughn will direct “Kick-Ass,” an adaptation of “Wanted” creator Mark Millar’s comic says The Hollywood Reporter.
The story follows high school dweeb Dave Lizewski who attempts to reinvent himself as a real-world costumed superhero named Kick-Ass who seems doomed to failure because he’s not athletic or coordinated until he runs into real bad guys with real weapons.
The comic is ultraviolent, with kids taking on adults of all stripes, so extreme that all the Hollywood studios passed on making it – forcing Vaughn to raise the money for the $30 million indie project himself.
Christopher Mintz-Plasse (“Superbad”) will play the Red Mist, the angry teen son of a mobster who tries to find uncover Kick-Ass’ identity. Chloe Moretz will play a ferocious, potty-mouthed 11-year-old who chops down crime thugs with a ninja sword.
Vaughn is talking to several high-profile stars to play parents or mobsters, while the lead role of Dave has yet to be cast. Shooting will begin in the Fall.