Taron Egerton confirms he won't return as Eggsy for the next Kingsman movie. After successfully launching the franchise in 2014, director Matthew Vaughn has been looking to expand the universe based on the Mark Millar IP. Unfortunately for fans and Egerton, the next step doesn't include the charming secret agent.
Egerton became the latest in-demand young action star after his turn as Eggsy in Kingsman: The Secret Service. He's done his best to diversify his roles with Eddie the Eagle or the upcoming Elton John biopic, but returned as Eggsy last year for Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Although the critical reception wasn't great, the movie still performed well at the box office and gave Fox and Vaughn enough confidence to continue mining this world for new stories. The plan appeared to be for Kingsman 3 to film early next year, followed immediately by the prequel Kingsman: The Great Game. This was reportedly so prequel characters could appear in flashbacks, while allowing Eggsy and Harry Hart (Colin Firth) to remain the stars.
Something appears to have changed as franchise star Taron Egerton says he's not going to appear in the next Kingsman film. This was revealed in an interview with Yahoo during Egerton's press tour for his next action film, Robin Hood. As shocking as it may be to learn the next installment of the franchise will be without its main character, Egerton teases that Eggsy's adventure will continue.
I don’t know how hot off the press this is, and I think I’m allowed to say it, but I’m not in the next Kingsman movie. That doesn’t mean I won’t be in Kingsman ever again. I was with Matthew [Vaughn] as little as a few days ago, we’re still very much in business together, but his next journey in that world doesn’t involve me... His idea for the new one is incredibly exciting. I’m sad that I won’t be on that journey with him, but it’s not the last you’ve seen of Eggsy.
The most logical explanation for Eggsy not appearing in the next Kingsman movie is that the next film is going to be The Great Game and not Kingsman 3. The first two films are rooted in Eggsy and Harry's relationship, so it would be a major surprise to see them ditch half of the duo - especially if the one being left out is Egerton. If this is what is happening with the franchise, then the recently announced November 2019 release date is actually for The Great Game, instead of Kingsman 3 as previously believed.
Based on the news rollout surrounding The Great Game, it taking precedence in the plans isn't as surprising as leaving Eggsy out. It was previously reported that the sequel recruited Harris Dickinson to star and that Ralph Fiennes would also play a major role. More recent rumors pointed to Rachel Weisz and Brad Pitt being eyed for roles as well. All of these roles being filled and the prequel setting easily help make sense of Eggsy's absence.
With The Great Game potentially looking to be next up, Egerton likely won't be the only Kingsman star to not return. Although Vaughn's plans haven't been officially announced, it would appear unlikely that Harry or any of the Statesmen characters would also appear. Since Egerton is at least teasing Eggsy's return, hopefully we do get to see what comes next for the Kingsman star before it is too late.
- Kingsman 3 release date: Nov 08, 2019