Quick Cuts: Kick-Ass, Edge of Darkness and Jack Goes Boating (updated)

Stardust and Layer Cake director is moving ahead with his independently-financed $30 million adaptation of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.’s Kick-Ass, casting Chloe Moretz for the film and potentially Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad, Role Models), as well.

Moretz’s character… is a ferocious, potty-mouthed 11-year-old who chops down crime thugs with a ninja sword. Mintz-Plasse will play the Red Mist, the angry teen son of a mobster who tries to uncover Kick-Ass’ identity.

The lead role is not yet cast. (Source: The Hollywood Reporter)

HR also brings us an casting update on Mel Gibson’s return to acting, in Casino Royale director Martin Campbell’s Edge of Darkness. William Monahan (The Departed) and Andrew Bovell’s script “centers on a veteran cop (Gibson) whose only grown-up child (Bojana Novakovic) is murdered on the steps of his home. The cop unearths his daughter’s secret life and discovers a world of corporate cover-ups and government collusion.” The Proposition‘s Danny Huston will play a shady businessman while Shawn Roberts has signed on as the daughter’s distraught boyfriend and Robert De Niro has a presumably minor role as a CIA cleaner.

And, finally(?) for today, HR also breaks the news that the always-amazing Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote) may be taking a turn behind the camera for Little Miss Sunshine producers Big Beach Films, with Jack Goes Boating. A seasoned theater director, Hoffman is developing the project, which is based on Bob Glaudini’s off-Broadway play, in which the title character is “a stoner limo driver who embarks on such quixotic missions as cooking and swimming lessons, and his unlikely relationship with another lovable loser.”

Update (8/17): Ah, I had missed the news of DeNiro’s joining Edge of Darkness. (Variety reported he was in “near a deal” earlier this month.)

Related Posts: Trailer Watch: Role Models; Mel Gibson returns with Edge of Darkness

Posted on August 15, 2008 at 12:37 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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  1. Written by Tom
    on 2008-08-16 at 04:12

    Robert De Niro Role, sounds similar to the character of Jedburgh from the Original mini-series. If this is correct AND they keep reletively close to the source material it’ll be a major role, not minor.

    I’m still worried over wether or not they will be able to reach the peaks of the series but the casting news is easing some of my worries.

  2. Written by Caolan
    on 2008-08-16 at 06:34

    They’re making a Kick-Ass movie? I read the first few issues of that, and I wasn’t really impressed. It doesn’t seem like something that should be a movie.

  3. Written by Gordon McAlpin
    on 2008-08-16 at 08:44

    “If this is correct AND they keep reletively close to the source material it’ll be a major role, not minor.”

    Interesting. I’ve not read the book; I only assumed it was a minor role because of how “oh yeah and by the way, De Niro is in it, too” the article was. Why would they bury that if it’s a large role?

  4. Written by Tom
    on 2008-08-17 at 00:57

    Maybe he hasn’t completely signed on yet, maybe the role is different from the Jedburgh role from the mini-series, maybe there was a misinterpretation of my original post, maybe the source article is full of wishfull thinking Bull@&*t.

    I can almost see De Niro in the role. He’s a great actor don’t get me wrong but I haven’t seen him in many roles that have the same levity and jocularity that I have come to expect of Jedburgh (no, I haven’t watched the “Meet The Parents” or Fockers and I don’t much plan to either) but with De Niro being as good as he is, i’m not too worried.

    Here’s a qoute from the original M-S that might give everyone a better idea of Jedburgh. Having come back from a CIA mission hiding an M16 in a golf bag this is what Jedburgh has to say:

    Craven (Gibson role): How was the golf?
    Jedburgh (De Niro Role): Well, bodies kept turning up in the bunkers, and you need air support to play out of the rough. Kind of puts you off your game.

    By the way, thanks for providing us with cool comics and some movie news. It’s also nice that I can make comments like the one’s I have been providing without some kind of nerd flame war (like on IMDB).

  5. Written by Gordon McAlpin
    on 2008-08-17 at 06:31

    The no-flame-war is mostly because of the (almost) no-traffic thing, but hopefully it will stay that way here for a long, long time. :)

    I did misread your original post. I got things scrambled in my head and thought he was in Kick-Ass (which his Stardust director Matthew Vaughn is directing, of course).

    I edited the article to include a link to the earlier Variety report, which I had missed. The verbiage in this new article makes it sound like he’s signed on.

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