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Nicholas Cage to Star in 'Kick-Ass'

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Aug 22, 2008 | 4:22am EDT

Nicolas Cage, Aaron Johnson and Lyndsy Fonseca are set to star in Kick-Ass, an adaptation of the Mark Millar comic book.

The Hollywood Reporter says Cage will play a former cop aiming to bring down a drug lord in the film to be directed by Matthew Vaughn.

Written by Millar and drawn by John Romita Jr., the book is about a high school dweeb who decides to become a superhero. Although he has no athletic ability or coordination, things change when he eventually runs into real bad guys with real weapons.

Johnson plays the dweeb, while Fonseca plays the object of his infatuation who believes he is gay.

Also in the cast is Chloe Moretz as Cage’s daughter whom he has trained as a lethal weapon. Superbad’s Christopher Mintz-Plasse has a role as well.

Vaughn recently directed the fantasy film Stardust but is perhaps best known for the Daniel Craig/Sienna Miller film Layer Cake.

British actor Johnson had a cameo in Shanghai Knights and went on to star in The Thief Lord. He is also one of the stars of Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging.

Fonseca is known for her work in TV's Big Love along with stints on Desperate Housewives and How I Met Your Mother.

Cage next appears in Bangkok Dangerous.

Kick-Ass shooting is planned for the fall in London and Toronto.

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