Kingsman: The Secret Service was one of the most brilliantly entertaining films of last year, with its violence and tongue-in-cheek twists on some of the most iconic spy movie tropes. The film not only gave Colin Firth the chance to become an action bad ass no one knew he could be, but also launched its lead star, Taron Egerton, into the public mind with his endearing, charismatic turn as Eggsy. Now though, it looks like things are about to get even bigger in its planned 2017 follow-up.
Director Matthew Vaughn is set to return at the helm of the sequel, and while Firth’s possible involvement is still a mystery, Egerton will be returning to his star-making role in what will hopefully be a bigger, and even better sequel to its searingly fun predecessor.
While speaking with Collider recently as well, Egerton provided an update on the sequel, confirming its filming schedule for this summer and teasing the film’s larger, international scope – in addition to a new villain that will apparently rival Samuel L. Jackson’s from the first:
“With Kingsman, we’re shooting in the summer at present. There’s a script, it’s brilliant. Obviously there’s only so much I can say but what I can say is that we shot [the first] one all in the U.K., that won’t be the case with the next one. It’s a far more international story, we’re going to some incredible places, and we have a villain to rival Samuel L. Jackson—this new one is so brilliantly written I wish I could play it. It’s amazing.”
Jackson’s quirky and villainous Valentine was one of the most surprising aspects of the film, and not even because of any twists involving the character, but because of just how well he worked inside of the film’s story and narrative. I won’t spoil anything, but the final interaction between himself and Eggsy rode the perfect balance, in my mind, of what a successful spoof/parody of a genre should be as it managed to make fun of its genre predecessors, while also delivering a satisfying film experience for moviegoers.
There’s no mention of a sidekick/cohort for this new villain, in the same vein as Sofia Boutella’s knife-legged Gazelle from the first film, but seeing how Vaughn and his team are planning on topping the villainous duo could be one of the most exciting aspects of the sequel. Considering this is the first time that Vaughn has come on board to direct a sequel to any of his previous films though, Kingsman 2 might just be one of 2017’s most interesting sequels, depending on the direction it ends up taking.
Kingsman 2 is set to hit theatres on June 16th, 2017.
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