Actor could reprise his Oscar-winning role as George VI in a new movie set during the Blitz
Colin Firth has reportedly signed up to star in a sequel to The King’s Speech.
According to The Sun, the actor will reprise his Oscar-winning role as King George VI in a new movie set during the Blitz.
Geoffrey Rush is also said to be returning as the King’s speech therapist, but the second film will not follow George’s battle with his stammer. A source apparently told the tabloid: “The sequel is going to be about the experience of families during the Blitz. It will focus on how the privileged Royal Family was hit by the crisis, compared to the more ordinary family of George VI’s speech therapist. The focus will be on George but it will also show how the whole royal household was affected. There’s still amazing interest in the Blitz.”
Although nothing is official yet, the source added: “The movie is still in the very early stages but everyone’s keen to get going soon.” The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper is also apparently keen to return, along with actress Helena Bonham-Carter, who played George’s wife Queen Elizabeth in the original film.
Made for just £8 million, The King’s Speech was a major commercial and critical success in 2011, grossing over £250 million worldwide and winning four awards at that year’s Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Actor for Firth. You can watch the trailer for the film’s Blu-ray and DVD release below.