First official picture from ‘Kick-Ass 2’ revealed

It shows Aaron Johnson's Kick-Ass and a new character played by Jim Carrey

The first official picture from Kick-Ass 2 has been released. It appears at the top of this article.

The still shows Aaron Johnson’s Kick-Ass with a new character called Colonel Stars And Stripes played by Jim Carrey. According to the plot synopsis for the sequel, the pair team up to battle Red Mist, the character who betrayed Kick-Ass in the first film.

Based on a comic book by Mark Millar, the first film told the story of an ordinary teenager who reinvents himself as a real-life superhero called Kick-Ass. When it opened in cinemas in 2010, Kick Ass was not a huge box office success, but the film has since built a strong following on DVD and Blu-ray.

Directed by Jeff Wadlow, who also wrote the script based on Millar’s Kick-Ass 2 comic book, the sequel was shot in Toronto between September and November last year (2012). Reporting from the set at the time, Millar teased that Kick-Ass 2 will feature an “astonishing” fight scene starring Chloe Moretz‘s Hit-Girl.

The film’s cast also includes John Leguizamo, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and former Scrubs actor Donald Faison. It opens in the UK on July 19.