Matthew Vaughn can be an interesting director (see “Layer Cake”), but maybe every other movie he makes doesn’t need to be an adaptation of Mark Millar’s often vulgar and juvenile comics? That said, he probably made the most tolerable possible version of Millar’s “Kick-Ass.” Vaughn’s latest is a rendition of the writer’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” depicting a veteran secret agent who leads a protégé into the world of espionage. Initially set to arrive this November, Fox pushed the movie to 2015 after a fairly middling reception at Comic-Con in the summer.
The movie stars Colin Firth as the old school spy, Taron Egerton as the brassy young upstart joining the fray, and also includes Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, Michael Caine, Mark Hamill, Sophie Cookson and more (Adele, Elton John, Lady Gaga and David Beckham apparently appear in the film). Here’s the official synopsis:
Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass, X-Men First Class),Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.
“Kingsman: The Secret Service” recently graced the cover of Total Film, and in light of all those Brit cameos, we wonder if this movie is going to appeal more to the UK genre audience than in America. Vaughn’s movie comes out February 13, 2015. Watch the first trailer below.