Kick-Ass star Aaron Johnson has confirmed that he is on board for a sequel, alongside Chloe Moretz and Christoper Mintz-Plasse!

The news comes after nearly two years of doubts, false-starts, and fears from fans of the Matthew Vaughn directed superhero movie. Back in February, Mark Millar revealed that a sequel would definitely happen – but until now fans have been unsure about the prospects of the original cast returning, particularly due to Chloe Moretz’s loaded schedule.

In an interview with Collider, Aaron Johnson confirmed rumours that he is on board for the second entry. Moretz and Mintz-Plasse will also return. The trio will step into the skin-tight disguises of Kick-Ass, Hit Girl and Red Mist.

Collider: Since there’s been talk of it again, will there finally be a Kick-Ass sequel?

AARON JOHNSON: It’s pretty much set to go, this Fall. I think now Chloe [Grace Moretz] and Chris [Mintz-Plasse] are on board. I’m certainly set up to do it. Jeff Wadlow is to direct. Yeah, I think it’s going to happen.

Have you gotten to see a script yet?

JOHNSON: Yeah, I have.

Will it be a hard R, as far as the rating goes?

JOHNSON: Oh, yeah! It keeps the standard, from the first film.

While the R rating may be fairly obvious given the graphic content of the comics upon which the film will be based, it comes as comfort to hardcore fans who were concerned that a studio production would lead to a more mainstream version of the story, with all adult material toned down dramatically. Kick-Ass was famously made independently by Matthew Vaughn after no studio would take the script due to concerns at the language, gore and dread the film presented. However, if Johnson’s interview is anything to go by we will be seeing a sequel that is just as violent as it’s predecessor.

Kick-Ass 2 will be directed by Never Back Down‘s Jeff Wadlow, who will also pen the adaptation of Millar’s cult comic book. Matthew Vaughn will executive produce due to his prior commitment to an X-Men: First Class sequel.

Are you excited to see the original cast return for an R-rated Kick-Ass 2?