‘The Secret Service’: Michael Caine Confirmed; Young Lead Casting Rumors

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The Secret Service Michael Caine Get Carter ‘The Secret Service’: Michael Caine Confirmed; Young Lead Casting RumorsIt’s quite the busy and fertile period for comic book writer Mark Millar. Not only is he helping to mastermind the Fox-owned corner of the Marvel cinematic universe, many of his more provocative works (such as Kick-Ass 2) are making their way to the silver screen.

One of the most promising of these creator-owned adaptations is The Secret Service, the story of an international super-spy who takes a hotheaded English street kid under his wing and begins to train him in high-level espionage. Overseen by director Matthew Vaughn (who previously helmed a Millar adaptation with the original Kick-Ass), The Secret Service is currently assembling a formidable cast – one that has been confirmed to include screen legend Michael Caine (The Dark Knight Rises).

/Film reports that Caine has agreed to sign on as one of the principals in The Secret Service. He joins a cast that includes the previously confirmed lead, Colin Firth (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy). Apparently, Caine will play the head of the secret spy organization central to the film.

Meanwhile, Variety asserts that relative newcomer Taron Egerton is in talks to portray young “chav” street-tough-turned-recruit Gary. Rumors have swirled for some weeks as to who will put on the character’s cap. While not a complete stranger to acting in front of a camera, Egerton is best known for his roles on the British stage and for a guest appearance on the ITV crime serial Inspector Lewis. The Secret Service would be his first appearance in a feature film.

The Secret Service 3 Cover ‘The Secret Service’: Michael Caine Confirmed; Young Lead Casting RumorsWhile he has not been completely confirmed for his proposed role, Egerton is much more of a lock than the actresses rumored to be in the running for The Secret Service’s primary female role. Vaughn is rumored to be pursuing either Emma Watson (The Bling Ring) or Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows) for the part.

Watson is probably the preferred pick of the pair, given her lingering star-power from the Harry Potter franchise and praise she’s recently received for her roles in films such as This is the End. Heathcote has demonstrated that she’s no dramatic slouch, but Watson would definitely bring a known face to a film that already features two bankable stars in lead roles.

No matter the outcome of the casting search for the “younger half” of The Secret Service’s ensemble, the film is shaping up rather interestingly. If Egerton agrees to take up the role of the movie’s young protagonist, we may see the flowering of an early career – much as Kick-Ass signaled the breakout of Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Godzilla) onto the international stage. Naturally, we at Screen Rant will continue to keep a close eye on the project.


The Secret Service will infiltrate theaters on November 14th, 2014.

Source: /Film, Variety

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  1. Longtime Michael Caine fan here. This sounds custom made for him.
    Great shot of Michael Caine as Jack Carter in Get Carter (1971) BTW.

    • Does the movie really need anyone else but him?

      He’s the current ranking elder statesman among the English actors, much like Clint Eastwood is in the American rank.

      • Too true. Michael is all this film needs for instant credibility.
        You’re right too, Jeff, about Michael’s status. Much like Clint’s.

        • Robert, have you seen Harry Brown? If so, how was it? I have never gotten around to seeing it and have wanted to. I have watched Caine since Zulu (great film for people who havent seen it) so I was always wondering but tht Blockbuster exclusive rental caused me to forget about it.

          • I thought Harry Brown was an excellent film, and one of Caine’s best performances. He really played his age, with both strength and weakness. There were also some very good performances by the supporting cast. It was very dark and violent, however, so perhaps not to your taste. Comparable to Death Wish, but better, I thought.

          • Zulu! What a movie! I saw it as a pre-teen on the big screen and had nightmares for years afterwards. One of my favorites of his is, of course, The Man Who Would Be King.

            • The Man Who Would Be King is just plain grand.

        • I have CanDo and I do recommend it for Michael’s performance alone.

          Michael’s quietly sad Harry Brown, an elderly man trying to get by
          in a changed world, is the kind haunting portrayal by Caine
          that overrides the films few weaknesses, credibility is
          strained at times, but never that of Harry Brown.

          It is dark and violent as Jeff said, I pretty much agree
          with Jeff’s overall assessment, but if you like Caine
          you will like this film which had me thinking a lot
          about changes from aging in general and not
          just his which had a poignant undertow.

          • Thank you Jeff and Robert. I feel bad I realize I seemed to have left Jeff out of the question and I meant to include him. I will go buy it as soon as I can.

            • Don’t fret, CanDo. I agree wholeheartedly with Robert’s characterization of the film, especially with his description of Caine’s role as an “elderly man trying to get by in a changed world” and “quietly sad”. Still, through it all, he also portrays resilience and strength. Quite the performance, and one I will always remember him for.

              • Right, Jeff. Caine’s inner strength shined bright
                and as bright as when younger proving it can
                much like Clint Eastwood did in Gran Torino.

                • That’s just part of what I like so much about Clint and Caine…although they always played the “tough” independent characters, they now do not deny their age. In their recent characters, they convey a somewhat melancholy acceptance of their growing physical weakness, but they compliment it with an inner resilience and strength. In real life, they both also stay busy, even though they could have retired years ago, and their work almost always exceeds expectations and standards. They are a dying breed…and true legends.

                  • Michael and Clint are not just film artists.
                    Each are masters of the art of living.
                    And great teachers of how to live.

                    Should I be so lucky to reach
                    their ages I will be remembering
                    and trying to follow their standards.

            • I can thank you, CanDo, for the reminder on the movie Zulu.
              Michael was great in that classic and I’m due to see it again.

              • It was his first movie I believe. It has been a very long time since I have read the “trivia” on that movie. You both feel the same as I do about Caine. I greatly appreciate the insight.

      • You, sir, nailed it. Caine truly is top shelf.