Julianne Moore and Halle Berry are joining the cast for the spy sequel
Director Matthew Vaughn has revealed Kingsman 2‘s official title and a few plot teasers.
The sequel has been named Kingsman: The Golden Circle. It will see Taron Egerton’s Eggsy and Mark Strong’s Merlin head to the US to work with the “Statesmen”, an American secret spy society whose headquarters are disguised as a whiskey distillery.
Once there, they will join forces with the US organisation’s leader, Ginger, played by Halle Berry, to combat a villain named Poppy, played by Julianne Moore.
“You try not to read what people want, but they do want another church sequence,” Vaughn said while discussing the sequel with Empire. “I have no reason for another massacre to happen. But I have other sequences you’ve never seen before.”
At present, Colin Firth is not expected to return for the sequel, though Vaughn has spoken in the past about potentially finding a way to bring his character back. Further casting for the sequel has yet to be announced.
Based on the comic book The Secret Service by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar, the original Kingsman film starred Egerton, Strong, Firth and Michael Caine as members of a secret spy society trying to thwart a megalomaniac billionaire (Samuel L Jackson) who is planning a mass genocide.
After opening in early 2015, it went on to rake in over $400 million (£260 million) at the global box office, becoming a surprise smash for 20th Century Fox. Kingsman: The Golden Circle is scheduled for release on June 16, 2017.