Channing Tatum, fresh from his success with the Coen Brothers‘ Hail, Caesar! (2015), has joined the second Kingsmen film, Kingsmen: The Golden Circle (2017).
In a tweet on Wednesday evening, Tatum announced that he had joined the sequel to Kingsmen: The Secret Service (2014), the surprise hit of 2014. Kingsmen: The Secret Service was based on the comic book The Secret Service, written by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar. The film, like the comic it was based on, follows the recruitment and training of a young, 20-something ‘Chav’ so that he can become a gentleman spy. It earned a very respectable $415 million worldwide.
The original film starred Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Sophie Cookson, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, and Michael Caine. Mark Hamil, who appeared as himself in the original comic book, also starred. According to Variety, Hallie Berry and Elton John are also in talks to appear in The Golden Circle; Berry is expected to appear as the director of the CIA, while Sir Elton is said to appear in an unnamed but ‘key’ role.
Matthew Vaughn is returning to direct Kingsmen: The Golden Circle. It will be based off a script he co-wrote with Jane Goldman.
At the time of writing, Fox has set Kingsman: The Golden Circle for release on June 16, 2017.