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The King’s Man Trailer Reveals Origin of Super Spy Agency

Director Matthew Vaughn returns to his irreverent world of super spies and gleeful gore with The King’s Manthe third film in his breakneck trilogy that dives into the origins of the titular Kingsman spy agency. Vaughn’s first film in the series, 2014’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, was a breathless sprint of a movie, giving us a deadly Colin Firth, an over-the-top Samuel L. Jackson, and a young, game Taron Egerton as the spy-in-training, Eggsy. Now five years later (after 2017’s second installment, Kingsman: The Golden Circle), Vaughn takes us way back to the creation of the “first independent intelligence agency,” as Ralph Fiennes Duke of Oxford puts it, created for “preserving peace and protecting life.” The agency also likes to make sure its agents are capable of inflicting pain quickly and decisively. “While governments wait for orders, we take action,” Fiennes instructs his new charge. Action indeed; the Kingsman series is all about it. A new trailer situates The King’s Man as a World War I-set story in which the Kingsman agency is spurred to action thanks to a plot by some of the worst people in history attempting to wipe out millions.

Their plot, it turns out, is actually World War I. The trailer gives us some zippy dialogue from the always welcome Fiennes, a little Black Sabbath, and the first movie in the franchise to use a real war as a backdrop to the shenanigans on screen. As always, Vaughn has assembled a crack ensemble of great actors. Joining Fiennes are Harris Dickinson, Rhys Ifans, Tom Hollander, Daniel Bruhl, Gemma Arterton, Matthew Goode, and Charles Dance.

The King’s Man opens on February 14, 2020. Check out the trailer here:

Here’s the official synopsis for The King’s Man:

As a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions, one man must race against time to stop them. Discover the origins of the very first independent intelligence agency in The King’s Man, directed by Matthew Vaughn, coming to theaters February 2020.

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