Jim Carrey is heading back to his superhero roots with a role in Kick Ass 2: Balls to the Wall - the sequel to the 2010 hit comic book movie.
Having publicly expressed his approval for the first Matthew Vaughn-directed Kick Ass outing, and amid circling rumours of his involvement in the project, Carrey has now been confirmed to play Colonel Stars.
In the comic books, re-born Christian Colonel Stars founded crime-fighting team Justice Forever alongside Lieutenant Stripes, recruiting fellow superheroes Remembering Tommy, Night Bitch, Insect Man, Battle Guy and later Kick-Ass.
Director of the second movie, Jeff Wadlow, broke the news of the casting in a tweet:
Kick Ass comic book creator, Mark Millar, then posted on his website, “the energy Jim’s going to bring to Colonel Stars has me buzzing as much as Nic Cage with Big Daddy.
“It’s well known to every one that Jim loved the first movie so we’ve been talking very informally about this for a little over two years now. We didn’t quite know what Jim was going to be doing in the sequel, but the entire team loves him to bits and I’ve been a fan since I first saw him.”
“I’m so genuinely excited about this. I can’t wait to see what he does once the cameras are on.”
The actor and comedian became a Hollywood star back in 1994 as timid bank clerk-turned-crazed superhero Stanley Ipkiss in The Mask, before turning nasty in 1995’s Batman Forever playing Riddler – the green jumpsuit-wearing criminal genius and nemesis of Bruce Wayne.
Kick Ass 2: Balls to the Wall will feature returning cast members Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Nicholas Cage, alongside new blood Donald Faison, John Leguizamo, Andy Nyman, Lindy Booth, Lyndsy Fonseca and Yancy Butler.
The first Kick Ass movie told the story of nerdy teenager, Dave Lizewski, who reinvents himself as real-world superhero Kick Ass, despite an utter lack of superpowers. Kick Ass 2 will be released in the US on June 28 2013 and on July 19 in the UK.