When Kingsman: The Secret Service released in 2015, it became an instant hit. Adapted from Mark Millar’s graphic novel, it tells the story of a covert group of British secret agents saving the world from a global disaster. Its appealing characters, compelling story, and engaging action sequences made it a sleeper hit, so naturally, a follow-up effort is on the way.
There’s a lot that is yet to be confirmed, as 20th Century Fox looks to reassemble the team that made the first Kingsman such an incredible action flick. But that’s never stopped the internet from speculating. Thankfully, the film’s rumors are positive, with its original creators recognizing the need for a solid sequel. The action genre has gotten stale in recent years, and a full-on franchise for Kingsman will combat this trend.
Here’s what we know about the sequel so far.
1. Its delayed release
Kingsman: The Golden Circle was originally confirmed to hit theaters in June 2017. Production delays ground things to a halt though, pushing the premiere all the way out to Sept. 29, 2017.
Originally, the film’s June release had it going up against Cars 3, Wonder Woman, Transformers: The Last Knight, and The Mummy. Compare that to a September schedule that’s decidedly more thin on major movies, and Kingsman 2 is set up for a huge opening weekend if all goes to plan.
2. Colin Firth will return, presumably to reprise his role as Harry Hart
Perhaps the highlight of Kingsman: The Secret Service was Colin Firth’s masterful performance, made that much more tragic when they killed him off with a bullet to the head in the latter half of the film. That being so, there was talk of bringing Firth back to reprise his role as Harry Hart, although in what capacity is largely unknown.
Millar noted in an interview with Nerdist that the conversation concerning Firth’s resurrection was in play for awhile. How they’ll undo a headshot is beyond us, but now that it’s been officially confirmed, perhaps they’ll figure out a way.
3. Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman will also be returning
The creative team behind the directing and writing of Kingsman: The Secret Service will return for the sequel, led by Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn. The duo worked together as co-writers on a number of projects, including X-Men: First Class and Kick-Ass, so needless to say their reunion for Kingsman 2 will be welcomed.
Together, they’ve made some truly delightful action and adventure movies, and we can only expect the same out of this film too.
4. The story will be largely uncharted territory
Much of the material for the original Kingsman was based on Millar’s graphic novel, adapted by Vaughn and Goldman for the silver screen. That being so, Millar never wrote a sequel, meaning the story for the follow-up film will be completely and utterly original. It gives the screenwriting team a whole lot of leeway for a new story, but at the same time it also removes the safety net of source material.
Kingsman 2 will be a big moment for Vaughn and Goldman, showing whether or not they’re up to the challenge of carrying this franchise’s story on their own.
5. Channing Tatum joins the cast as an American agent
In that same interview with Nerdist, Millar talked briefly about the possibility of giving Kingsman 2 a global appeal, with the potential for an American secret agent.
To that end, Channing Tatum was tagged to play an American agent equivalent of the Kingsman, known aptly as the Statesman.
6. The story and official title
Though details were initially scarce concerning the plot behind the new movie, we now know the film is titled Kingsman: The Golden Circle. It focuses on a devastating attack by a villain named Poppy, played by Julianne Moore. The attack leads our heroes to America, where they team up with a “swaggering, sharpshooting cowboy” (presumably Tatum), and an agent named Ginger (Halle Berry). You can peep the full details here.
7. Elton John
Legendary music artist Elton John has also joined the cast of Kingsman: The Golden Circle, as he recently revealed in an Instagram post.
Although it’s unknown what his role will be in the sequel, Vaughn previously told ABC News Radio that he wanted to cast John in the original movie as a celebrity who gets kidnapped.
8. Photos from the set
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we have a handful of images straight from the set of Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and an interview with Vaughn.
Vaughn dishes on a handful of juicy details, promising “brand new, beyond-Bond gadgets, (including) a mechanical attack dog and an electric cowboy-style lasso that slices through bad guys.”
8. The trailer
The official trailer for Kingsman: The Golden Circle doesn’t seem to paint a happy picture for our heroes. Things kick off with the Kingsman’s base of operations getting destroyed by a missile, leading the surviving members of the organization to America to seek help from the Statesman.
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