“Kingsman: The Secret Service” was one of last year’s biggest surprises. The film was a hit with audiences and critics alike, taking in around $414 million worldwide and garnering mostly positive reviews from critics. Naturally, following the success of the film, a sequel was put into motion. Since word broke about the sequel, many have wondered if Colin Firth‘s character would be alive and well in the film, despite a seemingly undeniable death in the first movie.
Rumors first started back in April, when a promotional poster for the film showed Firth’s character’s glasses with the words “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” Now, actor Pedro Pascal has seemingly proven Harry Hart’s return, with a snap of himself and Firth on set via his Instagram account. It’s still possible his return is simply a cameo and/or flashback scene, but the evidence is starting to point against that.
Empire Magazine revealed this spring 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 has signed on to play the role of the villain. Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, Vinnie Jones and Elton John also appear in the film.
The magazine talked to Vaughn about the film, who said 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 production, is aiming for a June 16, 2017 release date.