Taron Egerton broke out with the role of Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin in this year’s Kingsman: The Secret Service. As with any big break, this lead to the actor getting numerous job offers including films like Eddie the Eagle, Crooks County and Robin Hood: Origins. Good news for the young actor, but unfortunately this lead to a conflict when Vaughn decided to move forward with Kingsman 2. Check out the report below from The Hollywood Reporter:
“[Kingsman 2] had been distributed by Fox but was produced and financed by Vaughn and his MARV Films banner. MARV, which had first dibs on the actor, had planted its flag for an April shoot while Lionsgate was aiming for a February start.
The situation didn’t look rosy last week, when Vaughn exercised his option on the actor, meaning that Kingsman 2 was going ahead no matter what, throwing Robin Hood: Origins temporarily into a loop. Would it wait for Egerton or recast?
But now that the dust has settled, THR has learned that Hood will shoot, with Egerton, after Kingsman wraps, likely at the end of summer 2016.”
For those who were a fan of the actor this is good news since we’ll now be treated to Egerton in both films. News about the Kingsman sequel doesn’t stop there. Ever since the first movie struck a chord with audiences there has been talk about the sequel, but disappointment that it wouldn’t involve Colin Firth who totally owned that movie. Well, according to an interview with IGN and Mark Miller (author of the comic The Secret Service that Kingsman is based on), discussion is taking place on how to incorporate Firth into the sequel. How can that be since he died? Here’s what Miller said:
“That’s the conversation everyone’s having right now, because part of what made that movie work is Colin. Colin’s fantastic, it was a two-hander, that film. You also want to have the integrity of the story, so if you are bringing him back, it has to make sense. That’s where it is at at the moment. Beats of the story have been done. [Screenplay co-writers] Matthew [Vaughn] and Jane [Goldman] are working on it at the moment. Some things have to be worked out, some decisions have still to be made and everything, so it’s all fairly amorphous, but all going well.”
“It’s funny because there’s a lot of conversations like that, like should he have an evil brother, Colin with a mustache? Or is he a ghost or whatever? The guys have a plan. I can’t spoil it just now because the final decision is still to be made. It’ll be good. Vaughan’s funny. He’s done Layer Cake, Stardust, Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class, and Kingsman. Even Spielberg had made 1941 by his third movie, so I trust him. He’s done five good movies.”
Colin Firth was incredible as the gentleman spy and I would certainly sign up for more of him in the role. That said, despite the film’s over the top nature it’s always difficult to sell “coming back from the dead” to an audience. I trust Matthew Vaughn. He’s one of those directors that makes movies better than they should be, so I have my fingers crossed that this sequel will live up to the hype. Kingsman 2 has a 2017 release date.