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Donald Faison Next for ‘Kick-Ass 2’; Malin Akerman to Board ‘Breacher’

Written by on August 8, 2012 

Following the game-changing acquisition of John Leguizamo (I jest with the snark), Deadline reports that Kick-Ass 2 has found another hero in the form of Donald Faison. The actor, best known for his long work on Scrubs  — we can let Skyline pass by — is currently negotiating to play Dr. Gravity, a baseball bat-preferring man who works alongside Kick-Ass (Aaron Johnson) in his battle against Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). Considering Mark Millar‘s penchant for blunt objects, expect things to get messy with his character.

A nice little (or not so little; those who read the comic will know) addition to a sequel for which my interest grows a little bit more every time out. It’s still not high, certainly not even what you’d call “sufficient,” but there’s something going on. Maybe I’m just a sucker for Hit Girl’s homicidal antics.

With Jeff Wadlow (Never Back Down) on writing and directing duties, Kick-Ass 2 will also see the return of Chloe Moretz and Nicolas Cage.

Next, Variety names Malin Akerman as one of the first additions to David Ayer‘s Breacher, a film which, up to this point, has been stacking itself with manliness — Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, and Joe Manganiello are all in the cast, while Dawn Olivieri is the only star missing that Y chromosome.

This confection of stars will play DEA agents using some routine operations as the chance to rob a drug cartel; a clever plan, but one that goes awry when they find themselves getting killed on a terrifying member-by-member basis. (This is another way of saying “Schwarzenegger is the last one alive.”) Akerman, to no one’s surprise, will play one of the team.

Breacher is coming together in a perfectly decent fashion thus far — its derivative premise might be the only real setback, when you break it down — if not entirely exemplary. We’ll have some better view of this one’s prospects when shooting begins next month.

Are Faison and Akerman smart picks for their respective projects? Are said projects worth their weight?

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