Spoilers ahead for ‘Kingsman.’ Although the spoilers are in the sequel’s official marketing campaign so good luck remaining unspoiled if that’s what you’re looking for.
I loved Kingsman. Especially if I always turn it off a few minutes early and eventually forget entirely that a woman’s butthole was offered up as a prize for heroics, it’s one of my favorite— and definitely one of the most fun— movies to come out in recent years. Still, I haven’t been very excited for the sequel, The Golden Circle. I think I decided early on that a follow-up couldn’t possibly capture the same magic as the first one (which, granted, I also had low expectations for so maybe I’m just bad at this), and never paid much mind after that.
Then today Taron “Eggsy” Egerton tweeted this image:
God, I love some well-placed Twain. A Hollywood Reporter writer has also confirmed (or has a source who’s confirmed) what director Matthew Vaughn started teasing a few months ago: that Colin Firth IS returning. I just rewatched his death scene, to see the likelihood of it being a fake-out. It was a point-blank shot, but of course if they want to find a way to call it a trick or bring him back from the dead or make him a flashback hologram ghost mentor, more Firth is never a bad thing.
But that news wasn’t what sold me (and then some, then a LOT) on the sequel. No, that was the reaction to another piece of casting news. Our eternal champion and Pajiba 10 landslide winner Pedro Pascal has joined the cast.
SlashFilm notes that his character, Jack Daniels, is probably the same Jack who was announced last month in a character breakdown and concept art release. Jack (playing opposite Jada Pinkett Smith’s “Ginger”) is the leader of The Statesmen— the Kingsmen’s American counterpart. He’s described as a “swaggering, sharpshooting cowboy,” whose headquarters is disguised as a whiskey distillery. You know, just in case you didn’t get that this one was AMERICAN AS F*CK.
A swaggering, whiskey soaked cowboy Pascal? Damn, Kingsman. Stay out of our diaries.