More Kick-Ass Casting: Nicolas Cage, Aaron Johnson, Lyndsy Fonseca
by Alex Billington
August 22, 2008
Last week we announced that Christopher Mintz-Plasse (aka McLovin) and Chloe Moretz had joined Matthew Vaughn's adaptation of Mark Millar's comic book Kick-Ass. Today we finish off the primary cast with three more names, only one of which you'll recognize. Nicolas Cage, Aaron Johnson, and Lyndsy Fonseca have all been cast in Kick-Ass, which is scheduled to start shooting this fall in London and Toronto. Cage plays a former cop who wants to bring down a druglord and has a daughter, played by the aforementioned Moretz, who has been trained to kick ass with a ninja sword. Fonseca will play the female infatuation and Johnson will play the main character, a high school dweeb named Dave Lizewski.
We all know who Nic Cage is, but that's not the actor I care the most about this time. I'm interested more in Aaron Johnson, who plays the lead character. Johnson has been acting since 2001 and been in various small roles in things like Shanghai Knights, The Illusionist, "Nearly Famous", and most recently Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging. I said in the last article that "I'm anxious to know who they chose for the lead, because… it will all depend on the capabilities of that actor." As far as I can tell, Johnson seems like the right guy for the job. From what my familiarity with the comic and the story, this cast should be quite exceptional. The film already sounds badass and names like this actually give me some hope. I'm glad they didn't just go commercial and choose someone like Michael Cera who doesn't really fit.
As a quick recap on this whole project, Kick-Ass is an adaptation of a comic book series written by Mark Millar and illustrated by John Romita Jr. The comic is incredibly violent and features a high school kid named Dave who attempts to reinvent himself as a real-world costumed superhero named Kick-Ass but eventually gets beat up in the process. As for the story in the film, I'm not sure where it will go after that, only because Millar's comic hasn't actually been published beyond issue #3. As we announced last time, Vaughn came up with $30 million on his own to make this movie because all the Hollywood studios didn't like its bloody and violent nature. But I must say, this is a movie that I really can't wait to see!