First Look: Nic Cage in Matthew Vaughn's Kick-Ass
"If I absolutely have to go to jail for a comic-book movie then I accept no substitutes. This is the one. I hereby declare Kick-Ass as the greatest movie of 2009." That's how author Mark Millar starts out his blog on the production of Kick-Ass, the comic book adaptation directed by Matthew Vaughn that's currently shooting in London. In addition to Millar's lengthy update, the guys over at TheBadandUgly.com have snagged a few photos of Nic Cage, who doesn't play the title character, but rather a guy named Damon who is the father of a little 11-year-old hit-girl. Millar's blog update comes from Millarworld.tv (via SlashFilm) and is an interesting read, although he seems more excited about this movie than I have ever been.
Millar says that 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. 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." One of the first photos can be seen below, with more of Nic Cage and his mustache found by clicking the photo below.
If you're just a moviegoer like me and haven't ever picked up the comic, let's give you an idea of what it's like. "The first scene shot on the movie was 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." They've only been shooting for just a few days, but Millar has already proclaimed Chloe Moretz, who plays the hit-girl, as the star of the show. "Chloe Moretz is going to be a superstar after this picture. There are so many great actors and characters running around here, but this kid is just spectacular." Starring in the lead role is Aaron Johnson and also part of the cast are Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Lyndsy Fonseca.
I told you we'd be keeping a close watch on this film! Ever since we wrote that Matthew Vaughn funded this $30 million film entirely on his own because he wanted to stay true to the violent vision of the comics and no studio would agree to it, I've been very excited. I'm not as excited as Mark Millar himself, but I've got a good feeling this early that this film is going to kick some serious ass. Cage's role isn't big enough to make a difference, and thankfully we've got other younger kids in the main roles, so there's still hope that this could turn out great. We'll keep following Millar's updates and hopefully get some more juicy details on Kick-Ass soon. And if anyone from the production is reading, I'd love to come visit the set, since this film still doesn't have a distributor. What do you think: does Nic Cage look too ridiculous for Kick-Ass?