Director Matthew Vaughn returns to his irreverent Kingsman spy series with a story that takes everything back to the beginning. Here's what we know so far about The King's Man...
What is the story of The King's Man?
Whereas Kingsman: The Secret Service and Kingsman: The Golden Circle revolved around young spy Eggsy (Taron Egerton), this one is shaking up the formula a little bit. Here's the official synopsis:
As a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions, one man must race against time to stop them. Discover the origins of the very first independent intelligence agency in THE KING’S MAN, directed by Matthew Vaughn.
The first two movies were based on Marc Millar's popular Kingsman graphic novel, although he doesn't appear to be involved in this new origin story. Added to that, Vaughn has confirmed that the story will be set in the early 1900s, which clearly precludes Eggsy and his mentor Harry Hart (Colin Firth) from appearing. So who is in the movie?
Who stars in The King's Man?
Confirmed so far are Harris Dickinson (soon to be seen as the Prince in Disney sequel Maleficent: Mistress of Evil), and Ralph Fiennes, himself a dab hand with espionage movies having taken over as M in the recent Daniel Craig Bond films. They're reported to be playing a Kingsman agent and a teenager named Conrad, respectively.
Also said to be involved are Aaron Taylor-Johnson (who worked with Vaughn on the Kick-Ass movies), plus Gemma Arterton (Prince of Persia), Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill), Matthew Goode (Watchmen), Charles Dance (Godzilla: King of the Monsters), Stanley Tucci (The Devil Wears Prada), Daniel Bruhl (Captain America: Civil War), Tom Hollander (Bird Box), Robert Aramayo (Nocturnal Animals) and Djimon Hounson (Aquaman).
So is this the end of the Eggsy/Harry storyline?
It appears not. In June 2018, Vaughn told Empire that the prequel movie would being shot back-to-back with the third regular Kingsman movie, co-written with regular collaborator Jane Goldman. Presumably this would help establish a Kingsman shared universe a la Marvel and The Conjuring.
It seems like that plan hit the skids, but Kingsman 3 is still on the way. In May 2019, Vaughn sat down with Digital Spy and in the midst of discussing Elton John biopic Rocketman (which he produced, and in which Egerton starred), he proffered details on Kingsman 3.
"We've got to finish off the Eggsy and Harry relationship," he said. "The final chapter of their relationship needs to be told, which we've got ready to do, and I'm hoping to shoot that later this year or the beginning of next year.
"But this Kingsman (prequel) has been pushed back to February 14th for coming out, and so, yeah, as soon as that's done, we're looking forward to… It's funny. As Taron was saying, he's looking forward to becoming Eggsy again, because emotionally it's a lot less draining."
What's the release date of the Kingsman prequel?
The very date to which Vaughn refers is 14th February 2020 (it was originally set for 8th November 2019), which presumably means we'll be getting a trailer very soon.
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