Director Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class) delivered an entertaining surprise of 2014 with the spy-action-comedy Kingsman: The Secret Service. The loopy, anarchic energy of the first film which put Bond to shame with its pyrotechnics and infectious energy that made the film re-watchable when it came out on Blu-Ray. The ending left it open for a sequel and after a year of rumors and teases, 20th Century Fox has released the first trailer to reveal a solid look at Kingsman Esq.’s second act.
When their headquarters are destroyed, Eggsy (Taron Egerton), Merlin (Mark Strong), and Roxy (Sophie Cookson) head to the United States to join forces with the Statesmen, Kingsmen’s American counterpart. These two elite secret organizations must band together in order to defeat a common enemy.
Taron Egerton, who made his feature film debut in the original, is back as the super-spy named Eggsy, looking more comfortable in his role as a Kingsman. After rumors of his return ran rampant in movie news, Colin Firth makes his return as Eggy’s mentor Harry; despite his character’s apparent demise at the hands of Samuel L. Jackson’s villain in the first film. These two are joined by a deep cast of Oscar-winners, including Jeff Bridges and Halle Berry, as members of the Statesmen. Julieanne Moore, Channing Tatum, Pedro Pascal, and the Rocket Man himself, Elton John, round out the new cast.
This movie looks like it could be as fun, if not better, than the original and it could open up this world more. When I saw the first Kingsman, I wasn’t thinking it would become a franchise. But since that’s the cool thing to do in Hollywood these days, why not go for it? Unlike other possible franchises, this one could have the potential to be very successful. One thing is for sure: they won’t be able to top the church scene from the first film!
Kingsman: The Golden Circle hits theaters on September 29. If you haven’t already, check out the trailer!