Taron Egerton today released via his Twitter account the first teaser trailer for the upcoming film “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” the sequel to Matthew Vaughn’s 2015 “Kingsman: The Secret Service.” The teaser is a mere 16 seconds long, of which only four seconds are devoted to footage from the film. Thankfully, those four seconds, though brief, are packed with information in the form of micro clips that offer a hint at where the too-dapper-to-die-another-day spy sequel is heading.
— Taron Egerton (@TaronEgerton) April 18, 2017
The sequel will see Egerton’s Eggsy going abroad to join forces with the Statesman, the United States’ version of England’s Kingsmen superspy network. The trip is prompted by an attack from one of the world’s most dangerous villains (and successful entrepreneurs), Poppy (Julianne Moore). The trailer also offers a look at some of Eggsy’s allies from the first film, including Roxy (Sophie Cookson) and Merlin (Mark Strong), as well as the crew’s American counterparts played by Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges and Pedro Pascal. The teaser’s micro clips offer some very brief looks at Poppy’s empire, the Statesmen’s attire and a whole lot of whiskey.
The first image in the rapid-fire teaser, and one of the many compiled by Collider, is seemingly of the film’s namesake, a golden circle, molten and burned into a patch of human skin that appears to have been removed from its previous owner. There are also numerous shots of Moore’s imposing, Martha Stewart-inspired Poppy in a retro diner, movie theater and bowling alley. The three locations seem to comprise Poppyland, the villain’s Dollywood-like tribute to herself, the entry sign for which is displayed prominently in one clip.
The teaser also takes some surprising trips to locales both new and old. A whip-wielding Statesman is glimpsed inside a bar reminiscent of the pub from the first movie, and the Kingsmen’s roundtable—once again populated by holographic agents in the field—makes a return. Perhaps one of the most surprising new settings is the seat of American power, the Oval Office inside the White House. Then, of course, there are the new locations that seem to come out of left field, like the Mayan temple and the collapsing satellite tower on a remote, snowy mountain.
“Kingsman: The Secret Service” was an adaptation of the comic book series “The Secret Service,” which was later retitled “Kingsman: The Secret Service” after the movie’s release. The series was created by “Wanted” and “Kick-Ass” writer Mark Millar, with art by Dave Gibbons of “Watchmen” fame. The movie was a loose adaptation of the original comic’s script and “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” looks to continue the tradition, expanding on the original universe established in the first film. One of the first film’s most endearing characters, Harry Hart, played by Colin Firth, looks to be making a return, but the teaser offers no hint at how he might come back from the dead.
Debuting in theaters on September 29, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” is a production of 20th Century Fox directed by Matthew Vaughn and starring Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Halle Berry, Elton John, Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges.