In an attempt to boost its star appeal and gain some much-needed publicity, Universal is trying to land Jim Carrey for a role in Kick-Ass 2, according to Deadline. The studio wants Carrey to play The Colonel, a character who motivates and inspires a group of ragtag superheroes to rise up and fight evil.

We're not sure if the two sides have even entered negotiations at this point, but this would be huge for Universal as Carrey would pique the interest of audiences who would otherwise pass on seeing Kick-Ass 2. If Carrey agrees, he would be joining a cast that includes Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Nicolas Cage.

Kick-Ass 2 will hit theaters on June 28, 2013.  

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[via Deadline]