The Kingsman Sequel

Ever since the success of Kingsman: The Secret Service, a followup has been inevitable, but whether we’d see Colin Firth in The Kingsman sequel has been up in the air. Comic book creator/writer Mark Millar hopes director Matthew Vaughn and screenwriter Jane Goldman find a good way to bring Colin Firth back for The Kingsman sequel. Millar, understandably, very much wants to see Firth return to the role of Harry Hart.

Note: This post contains spoilers for Kingsman: The Secret Service.

In both Millar’s graphic novel and the film adaptation, the gentlemanly super spy dies, and it definitely made for a surprising moment in Matthew Vaughn‘s film. Obviously it’s not the first time a father figure has perished in a comic book movie, but nonetheless, the death scene packed a punch. The character’s demise served as a passing of the torch for Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Taron Egerton), the young spy Hart trained. Kingsman: The Secret Service was always Eggsys’ story, but Firth proved to be a real scene-stealer.

Discussing the sequel with IGN, Millar touched on the possibility of Firth returning to the role:

That’s the conversation everyone’s having right now, because part of what made that movie work is Colin. Colin’s fantastic, it was a two-hander, that film. You also want to have the integrity of the story, so if you are bringing him back, it has to make sense. That’s where it is at at the moment. Beats of the story have been done. [Screenplay co-writers] Matthew [Vaughn] and Jane [Goldman] are working on it at the moment. Some things have to be worked out, some decisions have still to be made and everything, so it’s all fairly amorphous, but all going well.

Vaughn is also keen on Firth returning to the role, but he’s made clear that he wants the Kingsman sequel to remain Eggsys’ story. Egerton could certainly carry the film on his own. Kingsman wasn’t a case like Kick-Ass, where the the story was populated by far more engaging supporting characters. As wonderful as Firth was as Hart, Egerton held his own against more seasoned actors.

There are a variety of ways to bring Firth back. Kingsman: The Secret Service isn’t exactly set in the real world, so the tone allows for some ridiculous explanation for the character’s resurrection. Millar jests that Vaughn, screenwriter Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass), and him have considered doing the ‘ol evil mustached twin routine. That almost never works, but if somebody could pull it off, it’s Vaughn and Goldman. Goldman is a wickedly smart writer, so the odds are she’ll find a compelling reason to have Colin Firth in the Kingsman sequel.

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