It looks like Chloë Grace Moretz won't be donning the mantle of Hit-Girl again anytime soon. Or at all.
According to IndieWire, Moretz said she's not interested in returning for a third installment of Kick-Ass, having taken issue with the way Kick-Ass 2 was handled.
Speaking at the Provincetown Film Festival, Moretz said that she loved the franchise, and that "the first movie was really, really special. I wish the second one had been handled in a little bit of a different way. Because I think we were all kind of looking forward to something a little different than what happened with it all."
The first Kick-Ass was a hit with both fans and critics, with Moretz's performance was hailed as one of the highlights. The sequel, written and directed by Jeff Wadlow, was something of a disappointment.
"As much as I love the character of Hit-Girl, I think she lives and survives in Kick-Ass, and I kind of want to keep her there,” Moretz said. "I kinda wanna keep everyone’s mind in Kick-Ass. So I don’t think there will be a Kick-Ass 3, at least I don’t think with Hit-Girl in it."
This news may come as a surprise to Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn, who recently said he wants to not only reboot the franchise, but develop a solo film focusing on Hit-Girl as well. There was some question as to whether the Hit-Girl film would focus on a younger or older version of the character, but Vaughn only said to "Look what Mark Millar is doing with the comic for clues."
Though Vaughn does have some options when it comes to a strong female character for the possible three-quel. Kick-Ass comic creator Mark Millar revamped his series with Patience Lee, and has since tweeted that he'd want Thor: Ragnarok's Tessa Thompson to play the character on the big screen. Thompson, whose star is currently on the rise, also hinted via Twitter that she'd be interested in portraying the single mom/ex-Marine/superhero.
Moretz, meanwhile, is slated to appear in Luca Guadagnino’s upcoming remake of the horror classic Suspiria.
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