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British Actors Daniel Kaluuya & Tanya Fear Are 'Black Death' & 'Harlow' In 'Kick-Ass 2'

by Tambay A. Obenson
November 21, 2012 2:51 PM
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We missed this piece of news, but better late than never...

I only just learned that British actor Daniel Kaluuya is in the cast of Kick-Ass 2, which is currently in production. 

Kaluuya signed up to play a character named Black Death, said to be part of the gang of villains led by The Mother F*cker (formerly Red Mist), played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse.

Also of note, a new face, and another black British actor in Tanya Fear, in her first feature film role, playing a character named Harlow, described as one of the mean girls. 

I assume all of these identifications and descriptions mean something to those who are familiar with the Kick-Ass universe.

As far as black actors in the film are concerned, Kaluuya and Fear are joined by Morris Chestnut, playing the guardian for the character played by Chloe Moretz (Hit Girl), and Donald Faison as Doctor Gravity in the sequel to 2010's Kick-Ass, which will see returning stars Aaron Johnson, Moretz, Mintz-Plasse, Nicolas Cage and John Leguizamo.

Principal photography is under Jeff Wadlow's direction. Matthew Vaughn, who directed the 2010 original, is serving as producer on the sequel.

Kaluuya's name should hopefully be familiar, since it's been mentioned a few times here on S&A; most recently, he signed with Hollywood talent agency International Creative Management (ICM), and starred in the horror drama series The Fades, which had its BBC America premiere in January. Kaluuya can also be seen acting alongside comedy legend Rowan Atkinson in Johnny English Reborn, also released this year.

He previously starred as Posh Kenneth on the popular BBC series Skins, and eventually went on to become a head writer on that show.

And as noted, Tanya Fear is a new face, only recently (this year) making her on-screen debut in the British TV series, The Midnight Beast.

Kick-Ass 2 is scheduled for a summer 2013 release.

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  • kirk | November 21, 2012 8:16 PMReply

    Damn, thought this was a post on them casting STATIC and ROCKET....oh well....

  • Jeni | November 21, 2012 6:55 PMReply

    Wondering why Morris replaced Omari...

  • D.C. Kirkwood | November 21, 2012 10:49 PM

    I was wondering that too but Morris signed with a new agency and picked up this movie plus two others. So I guess the move is working for Morris. Plus because these two are new they may have crunched the numbers and decided that they could get these two for cheap versus paying Omari for a sequel. Omari admitted he was upset and never received and answer but congrat to them all.

  • Darkan | November 21, 2012 3:07 PMReply

    Where do these people come from and how does someone who has never done an american project get booked a major role in an american film and signed to one of the top, powerful american agencies out the gate? Doesn't anyone else ever ask these questions? Hollywood gets the side eye from me.

  • roguewan | August 15, 2013 11:07 AM

    English Co-Producer, English script writers, English Director, English male lead - Aaron Taylor Johnson, English villain - Mark Strong. Admittedly the film distributor is American but otherwise I wouldn't describe KA1 or 2 as American projects.

  • bondgirl | November 21, 2012 4:42 PM

    Oh how I love when people really believe someone got a job solely based on talent, and not say, because the project is a joint US/UK financing deal therefore solidifying jobs for UK actors. Woody Allen hired Penelope Cruz to get Spanish funding, hired Jonathon Rhys Myers to get BBC funding for match Point, and hired Roberto Begnini to get Italian funding. Yeah Brits get hired because all these drama schools Tambay stays highlighting in bold text (Julliard, Yale, NYU, blah blah) are really deficient of capable American thespians. Whatever.

  • Darkan | November 21, 2012 4:31 PM

    @ Winston, you must know him because your attack against us seems personal. If you read our comments they weren't so much about the actors as much as they were about Hollywood and the agents. I don't have any animosity towards another actor just in how white Hollywood does their thing, especially when I know many amazing out of work black american actors who can't even get an agent. That's why I will continue to do my own thing. "Your hatred towards us is misplaced padawan." SMH.

  • Winston | November 21, 2012 4:19 PM

    Y'all are some hating-ass Negroes. Have you ever seen Daniel Kaluuya act? No? Then STFU. He was hands down the best thing about the BBC series 'The Fades', and then it got cancelled. He's been great in pretty much everything he's done. But the fact is, he's good,no matter where he's from. It's ONE role; you muthafuggers act like he killed Denzel.

  • Sharon | November 21, 2012 3:50 PM

    Yup, that's how they do it. I often wonder if I could go to England, Australia or Canada and do as well as their folks do here...

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