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Release Date: April 16, 2010 (North America)

Genres: Action, Comic Book          MPAA Rating: R

Production Phase: Completed

Studio: Lionsgate   Production Company: Marv Films

Who's In It: Nicolas Cage (Big Daddy), Aaron Johnson (Dave Lizewski/Kick-Ass), Chloe Moretz (Hit-Girl), Lyndsy Fonseca (Katie Deauxma), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (The Red Mist)

Who's Making It: Matthew Vaughn (Director), Matthew Vaughn (Screenwriter), Jane Goldman (Screenwriter), Matthew Vaughn (Producer), Kris Thykier (Producer)

Premise: Wanting to see if he could become a real-life superhero, loner New York City high school student Dave Lizewski makes a homemade costume to protect his identity and begins to get his body into shape.... More »

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

There's a report online that footage from Kick-Ass will be screened at Comic Con International on Thursday, July 23 in the late afternoon or early evening. An official announcement should be heard soon.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

In a new interview with Sci Fi Wire, Kick-Ass co-creator Mark Millar talks about how hands on he was with the movie production. "The first film I did, Wanted, I just dropped by for a few meetings, talked to the guys about the script, dropped by the set to shake everyone's hands and then went home. But with Kick-Ass, it's been unbelievable. Matthew did the same thing with Neil Gaiman on Stardust, where basically Matthew and I spent weeks and weeks on the phone every day for a couple of hours while he was writing the screenplay," Millar elaborates. "Then I would get out to his house, and we'd spend days blocking it all out and so on and changing stuff and nailing it down. Then there was the casting process, where, every day, we were looking at actors and actresses, and that took weeks and weeks and weeks. We almost couldn't find our lead, because there was nobody we liked, and then Aaron just came in at the last minute.

"I was involved in the costume design, set design and then just on set for, I don't know, three days a week for the whole shoot. And now I'm involved with the editing. So Matthew has been brilliant. I got paid to be a producer on Wanted, and it wasn't a great deal of work, but Matthew has actually had me really involved at each stage, which I appreciate a lot. It's very satisfying to see it coming together the way you want to."

Millar talks about more movie opportunities for his comic book creations as well as the fact that they're already thinking about Kick-Ass 2. Hit the Sci Fi article to learn the rest of it.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Here's a look at Hit Girl, a.k.a. actress Chloe Moritz in her school girl costume. The photo is exclusive to Empire and you can see what she looks like in her plaid skirt at the site. "Think Jodie Foster, Natalie Portman and Uma Thurman rolled into one. She's an 11 year-old and she's the ultimate assassin. She kills, I think, 20 people in a minute," explains Moritz. How does she find the time to do her homework?

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

A trio of new images from the film have sprouted on HitFix. Follow the link and see a new photo of Mr. Kick-Ass in his costume and ready to scrap; Big Daddy and Hit Girl in their civilian guise; and the boys hanging out at a comic shop.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Ain't It Cool's Moriarty took a trip to London to visit the set for Kick-Ass and came back with an extensive, first-hand report of what he saw. There's planety to read in the article but also worth a mention is an exclusive photo given to the site that shows us Kick-Ass in his green-and-yellow superfighting duds while The Red Mist looks on from his perch atop a garbage bin. This is from their first meeting.

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

The first released images from Kick-Ass have been published on Newsarama. There are three shots in total, all showing the titular character in action.

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Monday, October 6, 2008

Spy photos have surfaced on Slashfilm showing a stunt double in the superhero costume of Kick-Ass, the lead hero in the movie. Two of the shots are of a nice, close-up look at the costume and it's bang on to what readers of the comic book know well. The other pair of shots show the action inbetween takes at night where Kick-Ass is standing near the sweet red sports car belonging to The Red Mist.

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Sunday, September 21, 2008

A lucky iPhone owner just happened to be passing by the Kick-Ass production while they were filming on the streets of Toronto and snapped some photos of what they saw. As it turns out the scooper just happened to witness the movie's opening where a wannabe superhero tries to fly and instead comes crashing down hard on a yellow taxi cab. Readers of the comic book will remember this sequence of panels at the start of issue #1, and judging from the panel-to-photo comparisons online, the movie looks like it's batting a perfect game so far in regards to being faithful to the source material.

Take a look at the photos here.

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Monday, September 8, 2008

Filming has started on Kick-Ass and the series creator, Mark Millar, is on the set reporting his observations on his Millarworld message forum. "Nothing-- I mean nothing-- can prepare you for Nic and Chloe as Big Daddy and Hit-Girl. As I said to Nic after the first scene was shot on Saturday morning, this is a movie about comic-book guys MADE by comic-book guys," said an excited Millar. "We are absolutely in our comfort zone here and doing something really special. Cage's eyes just gleamed. He said it's the most excited he's been by a role in a long time."

Millar also gives us a bit of a small spoiler-ish look ahead at a scene they just filmed and how it stands up to its comic book counterpart. "The first scene I wrote on the comic (now the opening to issue six) and it's Hit-Girl in her secret identity, wearing a Hello Kitty T-shirt and a kevlar vest as her Dad pumps round after round into her chest so she knows how a bullet feels. I loved the scene in the comic, I loved the scene in the screenplay, but Nic just took it to a whole new level with his delivery, the genuinely mental glee and beautiful comic timing as we see this little kid in pink clothes and a pink hat blasted back into mud in an abandoned factory."

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Wanna read the Kick-Ass character breakdowns? Sure you do. It's like reading an overview of all of the film's characters. Moviehole has the goods but beware of spoilers.

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Three more join the cast of Kick-Ass with the biggest name being Mr. Ghost Rider himself, Nicolas Cage, who will play the father of Chloe Moritz's character. The Hollywood Reporter describes Cage's character as an ex-cop who is out to take down a druglord and has trained his offspring to be a "lethal weapon." That sounds like Cage is going to be Big Daddy, Hit-Girl's poppa.

Eighteen-year-old English actor Aaron Johnson has won the role of Dave Lizewski, a.k.a. Kick-Ass. Johnson has a solid body of work behind him including a part as the younger version of Edward Norton's character in The Illusionist and as a young Charlie Chaplin in Shanghai Knights. Lyndsy Fonseca (who had ongoing roles in the American TV series Desperate Housewives and How I Met Your Mother) is going to play Katie Deauxma, Dave's object of desire in his high school. After getting his ass handed to him in his first street fight, Dave has to use the excuse that he was mugged to explain away all of the questions from schoolmates and his father. A cruel rumor spreads at the school that Dave is gay and a prostitute so Katie accepts him as a friend and he plays along to be close to her.

The production plans to film in Toronto.

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Vaughn has now been confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter and we also have our first two cast members. The trade magazine states that Chloe Moritz will play Hit-Girl, a 'tween crimefighter who shows up on the superhero scene after Kick-Ass. She also has more skills than Kick-Ass and has no qualms ending the lives of bad guys with the samurai sword she wields. Christopher Mintz-Plasse is mentioned as being in negotiations to play The Red Mist, the son of a mobster who is trying to find out the identity of Kick-Ass. That character hasn't as yet been introduced in the comic book series.

The Reporter article also addresses that the comic's ultraviolence affected its chances at being developed by a major Hollywood studio, stating that several players (including Sony Pictures) also wanted the ages of the young teenage characters aged up. This is why Vaughn is developing the movie via Marv Films.

Filming should begin this fall.

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Friday, June 20, 2008

"I'm working as a producer on [Kick-Ass] as well, so I've been involved for about eight months, believe it or not," Mark Millar told Comic Book Resources today. "The comic didn't come out until February, but we made the deal on the movie back in December. The script was finished six months ago, and it starts filming on location in New York in August. So it's moving really fast."

Millar also remarked about the casting of the film, explaining that actors have been hired. But was the Scottish-born writer forthcoming with naming names? "The casting's all been done, and everything's all in line now with that. There's two big names attached, which I can't mention so we can get on the cover of Variety. And now we've got everyone. The kids who show up at the end of issue #3 - we just cast the girl, and that was a really tricky one because we needed to find someone who could do martial arts stuff. So the whole movie's ready to role."

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Friday, March 28, 2008

Kick-Ass writer/creator Mark Millar was asked if there was any truth to the rumor that Stardust director Matthew Vaughn was busy developing a movie based on his new comic. Instead of saying "No comment," Millar offered Newsarama the following response:

"I can't confirm or deny any director at this stage. Sure, Matthew and I are friends and I think Layer Cake and Stardust tie with 28 Days Later as the best British films of this decade so having him onboard would be amazing. But at this stage I can't even give you a little wink, except to say that the director is already in place and we're looking to rapidly go into production once we're finished a polish on the final script next month. Some casting has already been worked out too, but I can say nothing beyond this annoyingly vague statement."

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Ain't It Cool News is reporting that a movie version of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.'s Kick-Ass comic book series is being secretly put together by Layer Cake/Stardust director Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman. "Considering Millar's only got the first two issues out at this point, this may turn out to be a case like Edgar Wright and Scott Pilgrim, where Vaughn is working directly with Millar, already privy to where the series is headed," writes AICN editor Moriarty.

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