While filming hasn’t gotten underway just yet, star Taron Egerton has unveiled the first Kingsman 2 poster for the highly anticipated sequel. Officially titled Kingsman: The Golden Circle, the follow-up finds Matthew Vaughn returning to direct while the story goes international, with Egerton’s young spy Eggsy now a fully fledged member of Kingsman and jetting off to America to rub elbows with Kingsman’s American counterparts, The Statesmen, run by Halle Berry’s character. But things take a turn and Eggsy and his colleagues are tasked with going up against Julianne Moore’s formidable villain, named Poppy.
While early development on the sequel teased that Colin Firth’s character may be returning despite the fact that he—SPOILER ALERT—was shot in the face in the first film by Samuel L. Jackson’s delightful antagonist, subsequent casting reports suggested that Vaughn and Co. had since moved off that idea and Firth would not be a part of the follow-up. However, this first poster for Kingsman: The Golden Circle is all about teasing Firth’s return, and I’m curious to see if this means his character will indeed be back or if it’s simply a piece of cheeky marketing.
Vaughn and co-writer Jane Goldman apparently flirted with the idea of potentially bringing Firth back as the twin brother of his Kingsman veteran Harry Hart, but if this poster is to be taken at face value, if Firth is back, he’ll be playing Hart. Again, it’s unclear if this is just a gag or if it’s indeed a piece of foreshadowing, but either way I can’t wait to see what the sequel has in store. I found Kingsman: The Secret Service to be a delightful spy actioner in every way, with a starmaking performance by Egerton, so the prospect of seeing Vaughn explore this world even further—with Berry and Moore to boot—is beyond enticing.
Check out the first poster below. Kingsman: The Golden Circle opens in theaters on June 17, 2017.