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Taron Egerton says he won't be in the third Kingsman movie

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Nov 7, 2018, 4:53 PM EST

The third Kingsman film will close out the trilogy without one familiar face, Gary "Eggsy" Unwin, played by Taron Egerton. While promoting Robin Hood (which hits theaters later this month), the 28-year-old actor broke the news to Yahoo.

“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,” he said. 

This seems odd as Eggsy, the central character of the first two movies, was basically the impetus for the entire franchise. It was he whom Harry Hart (Colin Firth) had recruited to join the Kingsman in the first place, the person that proved himself most worthy among all other contenders. It's even stranger when you consider the comments made by Kingsman writer/director Matthew Vaughn's who, in June, stated that the third installment would be "the conclusion of the Harry Hart-Eggsy relationship."

“That doesn’t mean I won’t be in Kingsman ever again," Egerton went on to say. "I was with Matthew 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.”

Based on the comics of the same name by Mark Millar, Kingsman tells the stories of a top secret British spy agency, almost certainly influenced by the over-the-top MI6 exploits of James Bond.

The sequel, The Golden Circle, introduced the Statesmen, the American counterparts to the Kingsman. So far, the franchise has attracted some pretty big names like Mark Strong, Michael Caine, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Hamill, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Pedro Pascal, and even Elton John. 

In late September, Kingsman 3 was confirmed for theatrical release on Nov. 9, 2019. At this year's C2E2 in Chicago, Millar confirmed that Vaughn had plans for two more sequels, but that might have changed if Egerton won't even be involved with the third entry into the series. However, he still does want to adapt the comics into an eight-hour limited series and give the Statesmen their own spinoff movie. Even with Egerton gone, he'll still have his hands full of Kingsman goodies.