For many filmgoers, the Kingsman series has had a mixed start to life on the big-screen. In 2014, The Secret Service was a surprise hit with critics and audiences only for its follow-up The Golden Circle (2017) to prove a big disappointment.
Director and producer Matthew Vaughn has now opted to take a break from the character arc of heroic spy Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin (as played by Taron Egerton) by making a prequel set many years before the previous installments.
That means an entirely new cast which is already looking very promising following news of some very impressive additions.
British actress Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace, Their Finest) has been cast as the female lead for the prequel which will be entitled Kingsman: The Great Game.
After previously working with Vaughn on the comic-book flicks Kick-Ass (2010) and Kick-Ass 2 (2013), Golden Globe-winning actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Nocturnal Animals) is also on board.
Gemma and Aaron are joined by a very strong cast which also includes Ralph Fiennes (Harry Potter series, Spectre), Daniel Bruhl (Rush, Captain America: Civil War), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones, The Imitation Game), Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man, Berlin Station), Matthew Goode (The Crown, A Discovery of Witches), Tom Hollander (The Night Manager, Bohemian Rhapsody), Djimon Hounsou (Gladiator, Guardians of the Galaxy), Robert Aramayo (Nocturnal Animals, Game of Thrones), Alison Steadman (Gavin and Stacey, Care) and Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games series, Beauty and the Beast).
The Great Game will take place in the early 1900s with newcomer Harris Dickinson (Trust, The Darkest Minds) playing a new hero similiar to Eggsy.
Filming is set to begin later this year though an official release date is looking likely to be in 2020.