Kick-Ass 2 Will Be Rated R; Aaron Johnson To Return As Lead

Any doubts that a sequel to 2010’s Kick-Ass would even happen were recently put to rest. Now, you can put even more worries to rest as it appears the original cast will all return, along with its hard R-rating.

There is a hugely loyal fan base for the violent spin on superhero films and thanks to decent box office returns and strong DVD and Blu-Ray sales, Universal backed plans for a sequel. For Kick-Ass 2, it will be Jeff Wadlow (Never Back Down) who will step into the director position as Matthew Vaughan will be busy with the follow-up to X-Men: First Class.

After confirming the R-rating, Aaron Johnson spoke to Collider regarding his character of Dave Lizewski (a.k.a. Kick-Ass), the cast and the sequel’s quality saying:

“Oh, yeah! It keeps the standard, from the first film. I think now Chloe [Grace Moretz] and Chris [Mintz-Plasse] are on board. I’m certainly set up to do it. Jeff Wadlow is to direct. And I think that’s why Matthew Vaughn has got his name all over this one, as well. The only way he was ever going to make a sequel was if it could be anywhere close to the first one, and keep that class and that quality, and just maintain something original and new and refreshing. And this script delivers all of that, right now. I’m excited to get back in the suit.”

So, there you have it. Nothing to worry about for the sequel. It will be just as “kick-ass” as the first film was (sorry, I had to).

Kick-Ass 2 (potentially called Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall) will begin filming this Fall for a May 2013 release.