Nearly two years ago, Matthew Vaughn said he would only make a sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service if the screenplay was good enough. That was not a disingenuous statement.
The original movie was inspired by a six-issue comic book series by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons. Vaughn and Jane Goldman collaborated on the script, which used the premise and then invented new characters and scenarios. In the past, Vaughn has declined to make sequels to movies he has directed, so the fact that he and Goldman wrote a script that he wanted to direct suggests that he must have impressed himself.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle features the return of stars Taron Egerton and Mark Strong. Colin Firth is also returning, which is a surprise for anyone who saw the first installment, though we don’t know in what capacity and what type of role it will be.
Watch the smashing first trailer below.
As expected, the action is frenzied and fun. The independent, international intelligence agency known as Kingsman has suffered the destruction of their headquarters and also learned that the world is being held hostage. They must band together with a spy organization in the U.S. known as Statesman in order to save the world from an enemy they hold in common.
Joining the fun this time around are Julianne Moore as a villainous character, Halle Berry as the head of the CIA, and Channing Tatum as a cowboy spy, along with Pedro Pascal, Vinnie Jones, Jeff Bridges and Sir Elton John.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle will open in theaters on September 29.