UPDATE 2:06 p.m. ET: Let the Twitter speculation cease! Deadline confirms that Jim Carrey is officially set to play good guy vigilante Colonel Stars in "Kick-Ass 2."
PREVIOUSLY: A few weeks ago, rumours started circulating that the producers of "Kick-Ass 2" were courting actor Jim Carrey for a pivotal supporting role in the sequel to "Kick-Ass," 2010's ultra-violent comic book adventure. Carrey would play Colonel Stars, a kind-hearted former henchman turned masked vigilante who tries to make good by starting a superhero team called Justice Forever.
It sounded like a great fit for Carrey on paper, but it also seemed like a bit of a long shot, given the relatively small size of the part and the actor's stature as a Hollywood A-lister.
Would Carrey actually play the Colonel or was it just wishful thinking? Fans eager to learn about the actor's potential "Kick-Ass 2" involvement got an unusual update over the long weekend, courtesy of "Kick-Ass" creator Mark Millar and sequel director Jeff Wadlow. The duo dropped a series of hints that seemed to confirm that Carrey is their Colonel.
— Jeff Wadlow (@JeffWadlow) September 1, 2012
— Mark Millar (@mrmarkmillar) September 1, 2012
Millar and Wadlow's choice of words are quite telling. "Alrighty then!" is, of course, a reference to "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective," the role that made Carrey famous. Millar also references Ventura's affinity for animals, Carrey's turn as a masked trickster in "The Mask," and the actor's infamous AFI roast of Steven Spielberg, after which the director referred to Carrey as a genius.
Though tweets are hardly an official studio confirmation, the film's director and the comic book's creator are about as official as you can get at this point. And from their tweets, it sounds as though Carrey is locked in for the role of Colonel Stars.
The comic book movie should be familiar territory for Carrey, who has professed to being a fan of the first "Kick-Ass" film. The actor is apparently such a fan that he actually donned the green and yellow Kick-Ass costume for a musical performance with talk show host Conan O'Brien on his "Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour."
"Kick-Ass 2" will follow the continuing (and no doubt bloody) adventures of D.I.Y. superheroes Kick-Ass (Aaron Johnson) and Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz). Though the sequel is definitely lacking in the Nicolas Cage department (though he may provide a cameo), Carrey's Colonel should fill the manic energy void quite nicely. The film, which begins shooting in Toronto and New York this month, co-stars Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Lyndsy Fonseca, John Leguizamo, and Donald Faison.
"Kick-Ass 2" is scheduled for a June 28, 2013 release.