British bloke Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”) has never done a comic book movie before, which is surprising since it seems like all the major comic book movie characters are going to Brits these days. But if a deal goes through, Firth will be changing that when he enlists in Matthew Vaughn’s “The Secret Service”.
The trades have Firth currently in talks to take the lead in Vaughn’s film, an adaptation of the comic book of the same name by the prolific Mark Millar (“Wanted”) and artist Dave Gibbons (of “Watchmen” fame).
“The Secret Service” tells the tale of “a ruffian from the rough neighborhoods of London who gets recruited by his uncle into a British spy school of the sort that churns out suave, sophisticated gentlemen-agent types in the 007 mold.”
I’m guessing Firth is in talks to play the uncle.
Vaughn, who actually dropped out of directing both “Kick-Ass 2” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” to direct “The Secret Service” (I guess he really, really likes the idea), co-wrote the screenplay with his buddy Jane Goldman. The duo are producing (along with Millar) via Vaughn’s MARV Films.
Vaughn had originally wanted his “Kick-Ass” star Aaron Johnson to play the “ruffian”, but Johnson was apparently not available for the gig. Or maybe two “Kick-Ass” movies was enough for him. Johnson is one of those guys who is in his ’20s but can play characters in their ’30s without batting an eye.
“The Secret Service” is already on tap to open next year November 14, 2014.
Via : Heat Vision