2015’s ‘Kingsman’ cast Colin Firth against type as a gentleman super-spy and man of action who takes young hoodie Taron Egerton under his wing as a new recruit. A deliberate reaction against the more grounded spy movies of recent years (Bourne, Craig-era Bond), it was all ridiculous gadgets, implausible schemes, and at times surprisingly full-on violence – the church bloodbath scene being a notable highlight.
2015′s ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ surprised everyone when it was greeted with hugely positive reviews and a generally positive reception from cinema goers. Now, as ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ has just finished filming, its star Taron Egerton has significantly hyped it up. The first film starred Egerton alongside Colin Firth, Sam L. Jackson, and Mark Strong and managed to sufficiently poke fun at the James Bond type movies whilst retaining its own identity and credibility.
Have we, or have we not seen the last of Colin Firth’s gentleman spy Harry Hart, AKA Galahad? It seemed reasonable to assume that Firth would not be back, as Hart was seemingly shot dead by Samuel L Jackson’s billionaire villain.
After his untimely death in ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’, it looked as though the future of Harry Hart had been cut short. A crying shame – after all, ‘Kingsman’ saw Colin Firth at his finest, kicking ass as the gentleman spy alongside Taron Egerton.
Vinnie Jones has joined ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’. Appearing on Twitter, the 51-year-old actor and ex-footballer revealed that he’s currently on set for ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’… and we even got a glimpse of his costume. “Reunited with mathew Vaughn,” he said alongside a picture with the ‘Kingsman 2’ director.
“Eddie the Eagle” is a British-American sports comedy based on the exploits of British Olympic ski jumper Eddie Edwards in the 80’s. He struggles to compete in the Olympics, and qualifies, against all odds. It stars Taron Egerton (Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards), Hugh Jackman (Bronson Peary), Christopher Walken (Warren Sharp), Mark Benton (Richmond), Keith Allen (Terry), and Jo Hartley (Janette).
Not wishing to slight the success of this year’s ‘Deadpool,’ but you’d think from the overall reaction that it was the first 15/R-rated comic book movie to be a smash hit. Released in January 2015, director Matthew Vaughn’s live-action take on the comic book he co-conceived with Mark Millar - themselves the team behind earlier R-rated comic book movie ‘Kick-Ass’ - took $414.3 million worldwide (admittedly not quite so impressive as 'Deadpool’s $746 million). Now, a 'Kingsman’ sequel is in the works, bringing back Vaughn as director, Taron Egerton as chav-turned-secret agent Eggsy, and Mark Strong as mentor Merlin, plus two notable new co-stars in Halle Berry and Julianne Moore.
Harrison Ford has offered some advice to whoever it is that ends up taken on his legendary ‘Star Wars’ role of Han Solo. Making a surprise appearance on Ellen DeGeneres’s US talk show (via Entertainment Weekly), Ford said when asked if he had any advice for the actors: “Don’t do it. A 'Star Wars’ spin-off prequel starring a young Han Solo is currently in the early stages of pre-production, with the hunt for a new Solo reportedly down to three actors.
Ever since it as announced that Disney had met with over 2,500 actors for the lead role in the upcoming ‘Young Han Solo Star Wars’ spin-off, we’ve been waiting patiently for those in charge to thin the herd. According to The Hollywood Reporter they’ve now done just that. In fact, directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller now have as little as three, but probably more, actors to choose from for the part.
The 1988 Winter Olympics was a great venue for lovable underdogs who would someday have their own movies. The new feel-good sports film Eddie the Eagle, about a real-life Brit named Michael “Eddie” Edwards (Taron Egerton) who was determined to compete in the Olympics without any discernible athletic gifts, and who ultimately ends up ski-jumping at the ‘88 games in Vancouver. The connection wasn’t lost on Eagle’s filmmakers, who place a quick but inspired shout-out to the island bobsledders (played in Runnings by Leon, Doug E. Doug, Malik Yoba, and Rawle D. Lewis, and coached by the late John Candy) when Eddie’s begrudging trainer (played by Hugh Jackman) turns off a radio just as a newscaster begins to announce one of Jamaica’s runs.
Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards is not a household name in the U.S. — and frankly, said Hugh Jackman, that’s the reason why a biopic about the British Olympian was kicking around Hollywood for 15 years before it got made. Jackman and friends are hoping that changes with the inspirational new sports drama Eddie the Eagle, which premiered to cheers last night as the surprise, unofficial screening at the Sundance Film Festival. The film stars Kingsman breakout Taron Egerton as Edwards, who, despite his working-class London background and severe athletic shortcomings, was so determined to become an Olympian that trained himself how to ski jump in less than a year and found loopholes in the entry process enabled him to compete in the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary.
Jamie Foxx had better start piling on that muscle (and a bit of height too, while he’s at it) – his next role is set to be playing the traditionally towering Little John in a new origin story of Robin Hood.
‘Eddie the Eagle’ soars high as Taron Egerton appears in the upcoming biopic. Taron Egerton stars as Eddie Edwards – the not-so-brilliant UK ski-jumper whose can-do attitude made him a worldwide sensation after he managed to represent Britain at the 1988 Olympics in Calgary. Re-teaming Taron Egerton with producer Matthew Vaughn, ‘Eddie the Eagle’ (directed by Dexter Fletch) is the dramatized story of Eddie’s Olympic plight… and it’s already gone down a storm at the annual Butt-Numb-A-Thon film festival.
Good news for serious Tom Hardy fans: You’ll be getting a double dose of him in the upcoming British mobster flick,Legend. Hardy, who’s about to go on a shoot-about in Mad Max: Fury Road on May 15, will portray twin brothers Reginald and Ronald Kray in the film from director Brian Helgeland (42). The first U.K. teaser above is light on dialogue and plot but heavy on mayhem, establishing the Krays as hard-bitten gangsters who won’t hesitate to punish anyone who gets in the way as they seize control of London. Fittingly, it’s all set to the nostalgic sounds of Roy Orbison’s “Running Scared.”
X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn’s new spy film, Kingsman: The Secret Service, has been one of the quiet success stories of early 2015 — except in South Korea, where the cartoonishly violent flick starring Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson has become a breakout hit and cultural sensation. Since its mid-February release, the R-rated action movie has made $298 million worldwide, with nearly $40 million of that coming in South Korea. The film, which was adapted from a 2012 comic book by prolific writer Mark Millar, features youngster Taron Egerton as a street-wise kid who gets recruited into a top secret spy agency in the UK by Colin Firth.