Kingsman- Taron Egerton as Eggsy

Taron Egerton 'not done' with Kingsman franchise, aims for mentor role in future

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Nov 26, 2018, 4:17 PM EST

Though the third Kingsman film will not feature its central character of Eggsy, played by Taron Egerton, the actor certainly isn’t done with the franchise that launched him to international acclaim — even though he has a slightly altered plan for the franchise’s future now. That’s because the next Kingsman film — Kingsman: The Great Game — is to be a prequel, set far before Eggsy was involved in the James Bond-esque spycraft.

Speaking on the Empire podcast, Egerton was asked about the series and the upcoming sequel to The Golden Circle while doing a promotional tour for Robin Hood. He responded with some information that should pique fans’ interest while giving them much to mull over for the tongue-in-cheek spy series.

But first things first: he’s still Eggsy. “I’m not done with my Savile Row suits,” the actor joked on the podcast, though he noted that “going into my thirties, I’ll start to feel old to play this sort of street urchin.” But the Harry/Eggsy saga certainly couldn’t be resolved with a prequel that happens 100 years prior to the happenings of the first two films.

But the actor still wants to get closure. “My dream would be to do one more and that people would respond well to it,” Egerton said, mentioning that the second film saw a drop in critical opinion from the first (from 75 percent down to 52 percent on Rotten Tomatoes). “I think what I would like to happen is for us to do a third one and for it to feel like a worthy third installment to what has been a great part of my life,” he said. “And then my dream for it would be that I would kind hang up my suit for 10, 15 years and then come back and pass the mantle on.”

He affirmed the Empire host’s assertion that he would play the Harry to a new generation’s Eggsy, though he acknowledged he’d have to step away for a while before that could be a possibility. “Either way, Kingsman’s going to survive with or without me.” Fans will have a chance to see if that’s true when Kingsman: The Great Game hits theaters on Nov. 8, 2019.