The song in the trailer for The King's Man might sound familiar, but where's it from? Based on the comic books by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, 2014's Kingsman: The Secret Service introduced Taron Egerton's Eggsy to the world, bringing an entirely fresh, streetwise slant on the spy genre. After racking up critical acclaim and exceeding expectations at the box office, a sequel was confirmed and Kingsman: The Golden Circle arrived in 2017, with Eggsy now a fully-fledged spy in his own right. As the follow-up expanded greatly upon the mythology and history of the Kingsman organization and its international offshoots, a further installment seemed inevitable.
There has, however, been some confusion over what form that third adventure would take. While talk initially suggested a straight sequel to conclude the trilogy, focus soon shifted onto a prequel, set long before the days of Eggsy and Harry Hart. Another Egerton-fronted Kingsman is apparently still in the pipeline, but the next offering will indeed be the agency's origin story. Set to release in 2020, The King's Man moves the action to World War I and stars Ralph Fiennes, Harris Dickinson, Gemma Arterton, Djimon Hounsou and a host of other familiar names, as the Kingsmen attempt to thwart a criminal group connected to the Great War itself.
A second trailer for The King's Man has now been released and mixes the franchise's usual slick spy-movie action with its new historic setting. However, the trailer's soundtrack is a little more modern than the early 20th century. The song heard throughout The King's Man's trailer is a remixed version of "War Pigs" by Black Sabbath. The track originally appeared on the band's iconic 1970 album Paranoid and has gone on to become an anti-war anthem. The version used for The King's Man adds some orchestral elements and features the lead riff played on piano.
This is far from the first time's "War Pigs" has been used in movies and TV. 300: Rise of an Empire featured a similar orchestral rework of the song from frequent DCEU composer, Junkie XL, and the original Black Sabbath recording found its way into a recent episode of Peaky Blinders season 5.
Despite perhaps not being an original choice, the song does fit perfectly with the visuals in The King's Man's trailer and hammers home the war-centric plot and setting. Strangely for a song released at the onset of heavy metal's golden era, "War Pigs" seems to be the ideal soundtrack to WWI Britain, as far as movie and TV producers are concerned. This can perhaps be attributed to the strength of the imagery in Geezer Butler's lyrics which, despite not focusing on one particular conflict in history, do conjure images of trenches in the middle of Europe and politicians on both sides sitting by while the war to end all wars rumbles on.
- The King's Man (2020) release date: Sep 18, 2020