Following the success of Kingsman: The Secret Service last year, 20th Century Fox understandably ordered a sequel, which has since been titled Kingsman: The Golden Circle. As production looms closer, more casting announcements have been coming out, and tonight brings news of another actor who’s been brought aboard, though it’s not some we necessarily would have predicted: Channing Tatum.
Tatum made the news official on his Twitter account, proclaiming that he’s about to "get up in that Golden Circle." The sentence underneath the sunglasses in the picture reads, "My momma always told me the British gave us Southerners our good manners." It’s hard to tell from this tweet whether Tatum will have a major role in Kingsman: The Golden Circle or simply make a minor appearance, but either way, moviegoers can look forward to him getting involved in Mark Millar’s world of spies, intrigue and exaggerated action.
Following the explosive events of Kingsman: The Secret Service, Kingsman: The Golden Circle will follow our beloved protagonist, Gary "Eggsy" Unwin, and his ally Merlin as they join forces with the United States’ Kingsman counterpart, Statesman, after Kingsman is destroyed by the movie’s main antagonist. If we had to guess, Channing Tatum is probably playing one of the top Statesman agents, and he has been assigned to work with Eggsy and Merlin on their new mission. If he’s as Southern as we’re led to believe in the tweet, he should make an amusing contrast to Eggsy and Merlin’s British demeanors. That said, the spy game is a dangerous and manipulative one, so we should prepare ourselves for the possibility that Tatum’s character may have sinister intentions.
Having become a household name in the past couple years, Channing Tatum’s most recent movies include the Jump Street series, the Magic Mike series, Foxcatcher and The Hateful Eight. He most recently appeared as Burt Gurney in Hail, Caesar and is set to play Remy LeBeau, a.k.a. Gambit, in the same-named X-Men spinoff, though that recently got moved out of its original October 2016 release date. Well, if the latter doesn’t end up working out, at least Kingsman: The Golden Circle will count towards participating in a comic book movie adaptation.
Tatum is just the latest actor who’s been added to Kingsman: The Golden Circle’s ever-growing cast. The past week alone has seen Game of Thrones’ Pedro Pascal and Sir Elton John in crucial roles. Julianne Moore and Halle Berry have also reportedly joined as the movie’s villain and the head of the CIA, respectively. Besides Taron Egerton as Eggsy, other returning folks include Mark Strong as Merlin and Sophie Cookson as Roxy Morton, while Colin Firth’s character, Harry Hart, and and Edward Holcroft’s character, Charlie Hesketh, are potentially coming back as well despite them being seemingly killed in the last movie.
With Matthew Vaughn back in the director’s chair, Kingsman: The Golden Circle hits theaters on June 16, 2017