20th Century Fox has opted to cancel the planned Kingsman: The Golden Circle premiere in New York City and instead stand in solidarity with the rest of the country by donating the allotted funds for the affair to those who were badly affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas. The event, which was scheduled on September 12, coincides with the Hurricane Harvey fundraising telethon. The follow-up movie is set to hit theaters the week after on September 22.
The Golden Circle will see the return of now British pro-spy Eggsy (Taron Egerton) as he deals with another saving the world situation. Unfortunately, due to the current predicament that the Kingsman organization find themselves in, code-named Galahad travels across the pond and reaches out to their Stateside allies dubbed the Statesman headed by Champagne (Jeff Bridges). Together, the two underground organization work to crack the secret identity of the new group called the Golden Circle which kooky businesswoman and film villain, Poppy (Julianne Moore) is supposed to be a part of.
In an article by Variety, it was reported that Fox decided to scrub the event in response to the catastrophe brought about by the hurricane. The announcement came via a studio spokesperson telling the news agency:
“Given the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey and the important fundraising efforts happening on September 12, we have canceled that evening’s planned New York film premiere event for ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle.' To that end, Twentieth Century Fox Film will be donating the money budgeted for the premiere to several of the non-profit groups associated with the telethon.”
Other events with regard to promoting the film still hold up, however, including the global premiere set in London on Sept. 18, several college screening series, an Alamo Drafthouse event, as well as a Poppy Delevigne fan screening event. Additionally, fans can expect the stars to appear in various interviews and press meetings to market the much-anticipated spy-comedy sequel.
Directed again by Matthew Vaughn, Kingsman: The Golden Circle marks the British filmmaker's first time to direct a sequel. Vaughn was notoriously known to pass-up on follow-up films but for some reason, he chose to stick with this franchise, which could be an indication that he is pretty confident it will once again knock everyone off of their feet just like the original film.
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