With production on 20th Century Fox’s X-Men movie spinoff Gambit being pushed back for a couple of months, star Channing Tatum found himself with some free time on his hands, so he’s decided to put it to good use by signing on the dotted line for Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
The actor revealed his involvement in the movie last night by sharing a Twitter pic of the movie poster with the caption “I'm about to get all up in that Golden Circle. #Kingsman.” Ooohhh yeahhhh.
Matthew Vaughn is back in the director’s chair, working with a script he co-wrote with Jane Goldman (X-Men: First Class, Kingsman: The Secret Service, the upcoming Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children).
Filming is set to begin in just a few weeks, and the movie will star Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Julianne Moore, Halle Berry (who'd been in talks to star as the director of the CIA), Pedro Pascal and Sophie Cookson. Although their characters apparently died in Kingsman: The Secret Service, Edward Holcroft and Colin Firth will be reprising their roles for the sequel. Sir Elton John is also in talks for a key role in the film.
The movie will mostly take place in the good ol' U.S.A and focus on the Statesmen (who are the American equivalent of the Kingsmen). In the sequel, our first movie’s heroes Eggsy (Egerton) and Merlin (Strong) recruit the Statesmen in order to put a stop to Julianne Moore’s baddie's nefarious plans.
There’s no news as to the character Channing Tatum will play, but my best bet (this isn't official) is that the actor might be playing a Statesman.
Here's what Matthew Vaughn said of the upcoming movie:
"I didn't know if I wanted to direct this or not. I was worried about the villain. Spy films are only as good as their villains. Then one morning I woke up with the whole storyline in place, and a new villain plot. You try not to read what people want, but they do want another church sequence. I have no reason for another massacre to happen. But I have other sequences you've never seen before.”
What do you think of Channing Tatum joining the cast of Kingsman: The Golden Circle? The movie will open in theaters on June 16, 2017.