Kingsman: The Golden Circle, arriving Friday, is the much-awaited sequel to 2014’s surprise hit Kingsman: The Secret Service. Once again, the film focuses on Kingsman, a secretive spy outfit based in a tailor shop in London. The new movie moves (some) of the action to the United States, bringing the Kingsman characters into contact with Stateman, an American cou,nterpart that trades in the James Bond-type style for traditional Americana.
Who can you expect to see in the film? A large cast, filled with big names, although some of their roles are bigger than others. Minor spoilers to follow.
- Taron Egerton returns in the lead role as Eggsy, the young man of working-class ancestry whose initiation into Kingsman was the focus of the first film.
- Colin Firth played mentor Harry Hart in the first movie, perpetuating the memorable church shootout scene before appearing to die from a shot to the head. We won’t get into the details of how or why, but Firth appears in the new film.
- Mark Strong returns from the first movie as Merlin, the tech support employee of Kingsman.
- Sophie Cookson, who played Roxy in the original film, is back in the sequel as well.
- Hanna Alstrom returns as Tilde, Eggsy’s Swedish princess girlfriend.
- Julianne Moore plays the primary villain in the sequel, Poppy, a drug lord with a nefarious plan and a weakness for 1950s iconography.
- Channing Tatum plays Tequila, a new character and cowboy hat-wearing Statesman agent.
- Halle Berry plays another Stetson agent, known as Ginger Ale.
- Jeff Bridges, clad in a Boss Hogg-style white suit, plays Statesman’s leader; while he’s reunited with his Big Lebowski costar Moore, they don’t share any scenes.
- Pedro Pascal, from Game of Thrones and Narcos, portrays Whiskey, another Statesman agent, whose look and accent recall 1970s-era Burt Reynolds.
- Elton John, the English music legend, has an extended cameo in the film, as himself.
- Bruce Greenwood plays the president of the United States. While Barack Obama was the president in the first movie, Greenwood’s chief executive is a fictional character.
- Emily Watson plays another new character, the president’s chief of staff.
While Samuel L. Jackson, the first film’s primary villain, is not a member of the cast, he does appear in a small amount of archival footage. Meanwhile, director Matthew Vaughn returns for the sequel, and the screenplay is once again written by Vaughn and Jane Goldman.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle opens Friday, September 22, 2017.