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Jim Carrey wanted for 'Kick-Ass 2'?

Universal Pictures want the actor to take on a 'showy supporting role' in the superhero sequel

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Jim Carrey is reportedly being pursued by the makers of Kick-Ass 2.

According to Deadline, Universal Pictures wants to actor to take on "a showy supporting role" in the sequel. Carrey would play a character called The Colonel who helps to "galvanise" the film's motley crew of unlikely superheroes.

Carrey is known to be a Kick-Ass fan, having donned the title character's trademark green and yellow spandex suit to perform a superhero-themed duet with Conan O'Brien at a comedy gig in 2010. However, Deadline also notes that Carrey has yet to "say yes" to the Kick-Ass role, which is said to be "just a great idea" at this stage.

Released in 2010, the first Kick-Ass film tells the story of an ordinary teenager, played by Aaron Johnson, who sets out to become a real-life superhero called Kick-Ass. The movie, adapted from the comic book series of the same name, was not a huge box office success, but has built a strong cult following since its release on DVD and Blu-Ray.

The sequel, titled Kick-Ass 2: Balls To The Wall, is scheduled to begin shooting in Toronto and London next month (September). Johnson has confirmed his return as Kick-Ass, while co-stars Chloe Moretz, Nicolas Cage and Christopher Mintz-Plasse will also reprise their roles from the first film. The sequel has a new director, Jeff Wadlow, but original helmer Matthew Vaughan will be involved as a producer.

Earlier this month (August 9), it was reported that Scrubs star Donald Faison was in talks to appear in the sequel. Faison's involvement has since been confirmed, while Super Mario Bros star John Leguizamo has also joined the cast.

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