The violent, R-rated comic book adaptation “Kingsman: The Secret Service” proved a surprise hit in 2014 and a breakout role that launched the career of young British thesp Taron Egerton.
With the sequel due next year, Egerton spoke with Collider about what to expect from the film which Matthew Vaughn returns to helm, the first time he’s ever done a direct sequel. Egerton says the reason is Vaughn and co-writer Jane Goldman came up with a story that is worth telling:
“I remember when we finished the first one I was like, ‘This is a franchise right?’ and [Vaughn] said, ‘Well it depends on the first one. I’m not doing it unless the script is right.’ And he went away and him and Jane Goldman, his writing partner, wrote a really bloody good script. That’s always the most important thing; good director, good script, you’re on your way. It was hard, it was a tough shoot, it always is on that thing, but I think it’s gonna be amazing.”
Asked what it’s actually about, Egerton can’t say but does talk about the difference in scale:
“It’s f—– mental, but it’s what people like and it’s what Matthew is good at. It’s not for the faint of heart, but it’s awesome… It’s bigger and it feels more ambitious, really. There are more characters, the world is explored in more detail. This weird version of reality where these spies exist is kind of explored more. I know Matthew’s announced a lot about the fact that we discover a sister organization based in America called the Statesman. They’re richer than us, they’ve got cool shit.”
Mark Strong, Colin Firth, Channing Tatum, Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry and even Elton John appear in “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” which opens in October.