Channing Tatum is joining the cast of “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” the actor confirmed via his Twitter account.
The “Hail, Caesar!” actor tweeted the following to announce the news:
— Channing Tatum (@channingtatum) April 14, 2016
Last month Empire Magazine revealed that the upcoming sequel, which is being directed again by Matthew Vaughn with a script by Vaughn and Jane Goldman (both co-wrote the first film as well), will be called “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.” Taron Egerton and Mark Strong will reprise their roles as Eggsy and Merlin, respectively, and Julianne Moore will play the role of the villain. Halle Berry is also in talks for the film.
No word yet on who Tatum will play, but Variety reports that Elton John is also being eyed for a “key role” and that Colin Firth will show up in the film as well (although this is not confirmed).
The only info on the film comes by way of the aforementioned Empire article, in which Vaughn talks a bit about the film and also provides the concept art for the project. Speaking of his desire to make a sequel, Vaughn told the outlet, “I didn’t know if I wanted to direct this or not. I was worried about the villain. Spy films are only as good as their villains. Then one morning I woke up with the whole storyline in place, and a new villain plot.”
The director and writer also adds that many fans have asked him if a scene similar to the church massacre scene from the first film will happen again, to which he replied, “You try not to read what people want, but they do want another church sequence. I have no reason for another massacre to happen. But I have other sequences you’ve never seen before.”
Elaborating further, Vaughn says that the sequel will feature a skiing sequence, a barroom brawl, robot dogs, one-armed henchmen, and a “massive f—ing frankfurter.”
The concept art included in the article (which can be viewed here) shows the newly destroyed Kingsman HQ, the Statesman HQ (the American version of the Kingsman organization, which Eggsy and Merlin will work with following the decimation of their headquarters) and Poppyland, the villain’s secret lair.
The film, which is currently in pre-production, is aiming for a June 16, 2017 release date.