There might be some shocking revelations of late regarding the future of 007, but when it comes to his cheeky, slightly swearier competitor that is the Kingsman franchise, director Matthew Vaughn is looking to the past of the world he’s built with The King’s Man. Today sees the release of the first teaser trailer for the film that will focus on how the sharply dressed secret organisation came to be, and it turns out one of Bond’s own is responsible.
Skyfall and Spectre star Ralph Fiennes will play one of the founding members of the organisation sometime during (and maybe after?) World War I. Fronting as part of a well-established London tailor, Fiennes’ brave hero sets the wheels in motion to construct a force for good that would protect the world for years to come.
Naturally, with The King’s Man being where it is in the timeline, don’t expect to see any familiar faces from the previous instalments. Joining Fiennes in the espionage fun is Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, with Djimon Hounsou, and Charles Dance (this one’s Arthur, maybe?). Aaron Taylor-Johnson was also down to be making an appearance as well.
Interestingly there isn’t much detail as of yet on who’ll be playing what; we can see Hounsou looking to be fighting on our side (always a welcome presence) and what looks to be Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill) as Grigori Rasputin (expect him to be defying death at least once if Vaughn’s sticking to the history books).
Filling the shoes of Taron Egerton before Eggsy filled them himself is Harris Dickson, who’ll be between now and then after appearing in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil as well. Also, if you were thinking no one could top Mark Strong as the Kingsman’s Merlin (RIP), well Stanley Tucci’s currently down for this chapter’s version. I’m sold already.