Nicolas Cage is a Kick-Ass Ex-Cop

It looks like Mark Millar’s hyper violent “teen” comic book “Kick-Ass” is even closer to production, with news that Nicolas Cage, soon to blast onto movie screens with the sure to be awful “Bangkok Dangerous” remake, has joined the cast as the movie’s (probably) lone A-list star. Cage will be playing an ex-cop, and according to the description provided by The Hollywood Reporter, he appears to be playing the as-yet-unseen (at least in the comics) father of Hit-Girl, a sword-wielding killer who also happens to be a cute little tweener who loves Hello Kitty. The first time we saw Hit-Girl, she showed up at the end of the latest comic book issue to rescue our hero, who was just about to have his butt kicked six ways to Sunday and then some.

Here’s THR with the cast breakdown:

Written by Millar and drawn by John Romita Jr., the Marvel Comics’ Icon imprint book centers on a high school dweeb named Dave Lizewski who decides to become a superhero even though he has no athletic ability or coordination. Things change when he eventually runs into real bad guys with real weapons.

Johnson plays the dweeb and title character, while Fonseca plays the object of the teen’s infatuation who believes Dave is gay. Cage is a former cop who wants to bring down a druglord and has trained his daughter (Chloe Moretz) to be a lethal weapon.

Christopher Mintz-Plasse is also in the cast.

I’ve said it the first time I wrote about this movie, and I’ll say it again: I have absolutely no idea how Matthew Vaughn is going to be able to NOT water the violence down. I mean, damn, come on, we’re talking about a LITTLE girl slicing people’s guts open with a sword here! But boy, it sure will be fun to report on all those battles between Vaughn and the studio about the level of violence in the coming months…

Kickass Comic Book Panel