According to the Playlist Nicolas Cage has signed on to the lead in Matthew Vaughn’s (Stardust, Layer Cake) adaptation of the Mark Millar comic book Kick Ass. Also signed on are Aaron Johnson (The Illusionist, Baker Street Irregulars) and Lyndsy Fonseca (Heros, Desperate Housewives).
Kick Ass, originally written by Mike Millar and illustrated by the venerable John Romita Jr., centers on a high school outcast named Dave Lizewski, played by Johnson, who decides to become a superhero even though he has no athletic talent or ability. Complications arise when he runs into real bad-guys.
Fonseca will play Dave’s secret crush. Unfortunately for Dave she believes that he is gay.
Cage will be playing an ex-cop obsessed with bringing down a drug kingpin. Cage’s teenage daughter, played by Chloe Moretz, is a trained assassin.
The film is being independently financed due to several studios having already passed on the project because of it’s very violent content.
Kick Ass is scheduled to begin shooting in the fall.