In 2014, action and spy fans were gifted an unexpected treat in the form of Matthew Vaughn's movie, Kingsman: The Secret Service. The film was loosely based on Mark Millar's comic series, The Secret Service, however Vaughn and co-writer Jane Goldman (X-Men: First Class) managed to make the movie all their own.
The movie was notable for huge action set pieces and broad comedy, combined with a tongue-in-cheek flair that called back classic 1960s James Bond movies. Vaughn shocked the world by putting respected thespian Colin Firth (The King's Speech) in role of an international superspy, who is tasked with training a streetwise recruit in newcomer Taron Egerton. The movie was populated with other colorful actors such as Samuel L. Jackson (The Legend of Tarzan), Mark Strong (The Brothers Grimsby), and Mark Hamill (Star Wars: The Force Awakens). Filming is currently underway on the sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and there seems to be new surprises with every announcement.
One of the most eclectic casts for a spy movie ever assembled, just got even bigger, literally, as actor Vinnie Jones (The Magnificent Seven) took to Twitter to announce his participation in the upcoming sequel, Kingsman: The Secret Circle.
Gotta be up early tomorrow filming The Kingsman 2 in london
— Vinnie Jones (@VinnieJones65) June 26, 2016
And who is this im on set with on the kingsman ? pic.twitter.com/RAShpaSzi4
— Vinnie Jones (@VinnieJones65) June 27, 2016
Jones being cast in the sequel is not a big surprise on further inspection. Aside from the fact that his imposing frame and demeanor is well-suited for a Bond-like villain, his relationship with Kingsman: The Golden Circle director Matthew Vaughn goes back decades. Vaughn was a producer on Jones' first major motion picture role in Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, which launched the former professional soccer player's acting career.
Though there's no information on who Jones will be playing, the imposing actor joins a growing cast that is an embarrassment of riches and talent. Egerton and Strong are returning to The Golden Circle as Kingsmen Eggsy and Merlin, respectively. Academy Award winner Julianne Moore (Still Alice) will play the movie's central villain, while fellow Oscar winner Halle Berry (X-Men: Days of Future Past) has an authoritative role as the head of the CIA. The fun doesn't stop there, however, as Channing Tatum (The Hateful Eight) has a role that is rumored to be as a southern American spy. Even Jeff Bridges (The Big Lebowski) and singer Elton John, have been confirmed to make appearances in sequel in that past few months. So while, the news of Jones' casting is smile-inducing, it's only an extra spice in a flavorful dish that Vaughn is preparing for audiences next year.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle is scheduled for release on June 16, 2017.