2017 is shaping up to be one of the busiest and most packed years for blockbuster films in recent memory. One of the most anticipated sequels set to hit theaters this year is none other than Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Matthew Vaughn's long-awaited followup to his 2014 critically-acclaimed spy comedy. Following the events of the first film, the sequel is set to catch up with Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and Merlin (Mark Strong) as they embark on an international journey to the USA following the destruction of the Kingsman HQ in the UK. Seeking help from the US version of the Kingsman, called The Statesmen, the sequel boasts one of the most impressive rosters of actors, both new and returning, set to appear in a film this year.
Chief among them is Halle Berry as Ginger, the head of The Statesmen, who promises to be a stark contrast to the male-heavy leadership of The Kingsmen that were seen in the first film. After releasing yet another teaser image from the film's production, it looks like Berry is just as excited for the new film as the fans themselves are.
Posted on her official Twitter account, the image itself features Berry standing underneath a rather regal looking archway in the UK. With the shadows and her silhouette perfectly reflecting both the film's espionage elements and the secrecy surrounding her character, the image continues to build up hype for Berry's highly-anticipated introduction to the franchise:
— Halle Berry (@halleberry) January 26, 2017
In addition to Berry, some of the more notable new additions to the franchise include Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Elton John, and more. A number of those actors' roles are still being kept under wraps, though it has been confirmed that Pedro Pascal will be playing a character named Jack Daniels, who works alongside Berry in The Statesmen. It's unclear who else could be playing a member of the US Intelligence Agency, but it certainly seems like the group will reflect the cowboy attitude and iconography of America fairly well. After the heavy British influences and attitude of The Secret Service, that could bring an interesting change of pace to the sequel as well.
While not all that much is known still about the sequel, Egerton and others involved in the film have been quick to praise the sequel's much larger scope and story than its predecessor. Julianne Moore's villainous Poppy promises to be even more dangerous than Samuel L. Jackson's enigmatic Valentine, and it seems fair to say that the beloved status of the first film has already paid off well for Vaughn when looking at this lineup of new actors. Not too bad considering The Golden Circle is also set to be the first direct sequel to one of his previous films that Vaughn has ever directed.
- Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) release date: Sep 22, 2017