In the upcoming sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service, Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and co will be heading stateside to team up with their American counterparts, the Statesman! With an all star cast including Channing Tatum, and Jeff Bridges, here's the lowdown on the characters set to shake things up in Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
Halle Berry as Ginger
Oscar winner Halle Berry joins the cast, reputedly as the leader of the mysterious Statesman. Having previously played a Bond Girl and badass mutant Storm in the X-Men movies, we’re expecting her to kick some serious butt, and it will be great to see a female character in charge of what is generally a male-dominated world.
The exceptionally eagle-eyed amongst you might also notice that Halle Berry’s new character in The Golden Circle shares a name with the character she played in 2001’s Swordfish, in which she played an undercover DEA agent. This could just be a coincidence or a nice little nod to one of Halle’s previous roles, but we can’t wait to see her back in action.
Pedro Pascal as Jack Daniels
Some concept art from The Golden Circle revealed that the Statesman’s top secret headquarters is in a whiskey distillery, which could explain why we have a character named after perhaps the most famous brand of whiskey!
Chilean-born actor Pedro Pascal has previously starred in some high profile TV series such as Narcos and of course Game of Thrones, so The Golden Circle is likely to make him even more of a household name. Few character details are known about Mr Daniels yet, but like his namesake beverage, we’re expecting him to be smooth, fiery and with a little bit of a kick.
Channing Tatum as a Statesman secret agent
A man who needs no introduction, we can’t wait to see the always charming Channing Tatum as a suave super spy.
It is still so secretive that we don’t even know his top-secret code name yet, but that doesn’t matter. Tatum proved he had the moves in films such as Step Up, Magic Mike and Hail! Caesar, and also showed he had the deftness for comedic action roles in 21 Jump Street and its sequel 22 Jump Street.
As the first Kingsman movie blended comedy and action, we think Channing Tatum is the perfect addition to this, and let’s face it, as a bit of a heart-throb, he seems born to don a suit and play a spy.
Jeff Bridges as the head of the Statesman
Once again, we have a character so shrouded in mystery that we don’t even know their full name yet, but that doesn’t mean we’re not excited to see the one and only Jeff Bridges as the head of the Statesman!
From playing the iconic ‘The Dude’ in The Big Lebowski to his Oscar-nominated turn in last year’s excellent (and also Oscar nominated) Hell or High Water, Bridges brings a huge amount of gravitas to this already awesome cast.
At his best when playing grizzled and slightly inebriated law enforcement roles, such as in the aforementioned Hell or High Water and 2010’s True Grit, and as the head of an organisation which moonlights as a whiskey distillery, we’re hoping for more of that Bridges magic.
And the villain of the piece...
Julianne Moore as Poppy
It wouldn’t be a spy movie without some kind of nefarious villain, and stepping into this role is Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore as Poppy.
Reputedly a notorious criminal mastermind, and with the concept art showing her fortress is some kind of evil looking theme park-esque location called “Poppyland”, we can’t wait to see her playing what will hopefully be a comically over-the-top yet dangerous villain who will prove to be a real match for the new heroes and our very own Kingsman.
Sarah Buddery is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.