The Secret Service

Matthew Vaughn‘s The Secret Service is loaded with big, established stars like Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, and Michael Caine. But when it comes to the film’s younger cast members it seems Vaughn prefers fresher faces.

Relative newcomer Taron Egerton won one of the leads earlier this summer, and now the even lesser known Sophie Cookson has booked the female lead. Hit the jump for more about the project and its newest addition.

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There have been rumors about Michael Caine joining the cast of Matthew Vaughn‘s film The Secret Service, and now that casting is confirmed by the creator of the source comic.

Peter got the chance to interview Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow and original comics writer Mark Millar at Comic Con, and during their talk Millar said the cast for Vaughn’s film is fully set. He confirmed that Caine is in the picture along with Colin Firth, but declined to name the younger actor who’ll play the street kid groomed as a British secret agent.

Read Millar’s confirmation and his description of the movie below.

Update: Variety reports more casting; details below.

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20th Century Fox has announced a slate of release dates today for 2014 and 2015, including Independence Day 2, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Assassin’s Creed and more. Hit the jump and get our your calendars!

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The Secret Service

UPDATE: Exhibitor Relations reports a November 14, 2014 release has been set.

When Matthew Vaughn dropped out of X-Men: Days of Future Past, many speculated it was because the Star Wars Episode VII job was up for grabs. That may or may not have been the case, but Mark Millar came out and said Vaughn’s departure from X-Men was to collaborate on a project called The Secret Service. Millar wasn’t lying.

20th Century Fox just secured the rights to The Secret Service, based on a comic by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, adapted by Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman, and directed by Vaughn. The comic and the movie follow an older secret service agent who acts as mentor to a new recruit. Fox will reportedly fast track the film, hoping to have it in theaters in 2014. Read More »

While doing press for his latest film, Frankenweenie, Tim Burton said he wasn’t sure if the rumored Pinocchio film he was circling to was going to happen. That was not a lie. However, those chances have just increased as the project has attracted a talented and proven screenwriter.

Jane Goldman, best known for her work alongside Matthew Vaughn on Stardust, Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class, is in talks pen the film which has Robert Downey Jr. attached as Geppetto. Bryan Fuller wrote the first draft of the script. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Let’s get this out of the way right off the bat. There is absolutely no guarantee that Kick Ass 2 will ever exist as a movie. It exists as a comic book (the sixth issue was released just last week) so if you’re curious what happens next to Kick Ass and Hit Girl, that’s your best bet. For a while, Matthew Vaughn was speaking as if he would direct a sequel despite the disappointing box office of the original and his stars, like Chloë Moretz, suggested they would return. But even with all of that, there was no guarantee.

There’s now a significant update of sorts. Co-screenwriter Jane Goldman has been quoted saying neither she or Vaughn have any plans to write the screenplay, Vaughn isn’t likely to direct, but he’ll probably produce and is currently talking to someone who is very interested in writing and directing. Read her quote and more after the jump. Read More »

Jane Goldman rules. With her great accent, awesome red hair, and big, beautiful…talent, she’s becoming one of the most exciting screenwriters in Hollywood. She’s co-written Stardust, Kick-Ass, The Debt and X-Men: First Class with Matthew Vaughn, she’s got The Woman in Black starring Daniel Radcliffe coming soon and now Deadline reports she’s in talks to adapt the book Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, possibly for director Tim Burton. Read More »

I’ll say this for Mark Millar: the Kick-Ass creator/writer is ever-optimistic. He’s been talking about a sequel to Matthew Vaughn‘s 2010 film for months now, despite many indicators pointing to the fact that the liklihood of the film ever materializing grows smaller every day.

Now Millar admits that Kick-Ass co-writers Vaughn and Jane Goldman are unlikely to return to the material for the sequel, assuming it ever happens. If we do see Kick-Ass 2, it will almost certainly be under the command of a new director. Read More »

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