It is a truth universally acknowledged that any successful film must be in want of a franchise, so production for Kingsman 2 is clipping along at a steady pace. While we had already heard that Julianne Moore and Halle Berry would be joining the film, director Matthew Vaughn recently sat down with Empire magazine and spilled the beans on a few new details, including the fact that the film’s official title is Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle.
Let’s get the sad news out of the way: While he was previously rumored to return, it does not look like Colin Firth’s Harry Hart will rise from the dead and return for the sequel. However, Taron Egerton (a.k.a. possibly young Han Solo) will be back in the lead as Kingsman’s latest recruit, and Mark Strong’s Merlin will still be making all of the cool toys. However, Kingsman 2 will be an “international story,” and Eggsy and Merlin will find themselves teaming up with their American counterparts, Statesmen. The American secret organization will be run by Halle Berry’s Ginger and disguised as a whiskey distillery. Empire even included a mock-up of Statesmen HQ.
On top of the first look at Statesman, Empire has images of a souped up Kingsman cab that functions as a submarine, which may come in handy while they seek out the film’s villain, Julianne Moore’s Poppy, whose jungle lair looks eccentric to say the least.
On top of revealing the concept art, Vaughan opened up about returning to the director’s chair, and what fans can expect from the upcoming film.
“I didn’t know if I wanted to direct this or not. I was worried about the villain. Spy films are only as good as their villains. Then one morning I woke up with the whole storyline in place, and a new villain plot.”
“You try not to read what people want, but they do want another church sequence. I have no reason for another massacre to happen. But I have other sequences you’ve never seen before.”
In the last outing, Hart’s trip to America ended with plenty of mayhem and violence, so we can probably expect the same edge in The Golden Circle.