Last month, a rumor surfaced that 20th Century Fox was eyeing music legend Elton John for a mysterious role in the highly-anticipated sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which recently started filming in London. The report didn’t specify who exactly Sir Elton is playing, but it was rumored he may come aboard as himself. Today, we have confirmation that Elton John has joined the movie, with the musician himself debuting a new poster featuring the singer’s colorful sunglasses.
This reveal comes just one month after 20th Century Fox debuted another poster, which confirmed the return of Colin Firth’s Harry Hart, who was presumably killed in last year’s Kingsman: The Secret Service. The poster featured Harry’s glasses, with one of the lenses missing, along with the iconic Mark Twain quote, “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” This poster features a different quote, “Wednesday night’s alright for fighting,” which is paraphrased from his own 1973 song “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting.” The musician also told his Instagram followers, “It’s been a long time since Tommy,” referring to his last on-camera acting role in the 1975 musical Tommy.
In Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and Merlin (Mark Strong) visit the U.S., where they encounter Halle Berry’s character and a “swaggering, sharpshooting cowboy” called Jack, played by Pedro Pascal. The U.S. version of Kingsman is an organization known as the Statesmen, and Julianne Moore’s character resides in a villainous lair known as Poppyland. Director Matthew Vaughn previously teased that the sequel will involve a skiing sequence, a barroom brawl, robot dogs, one-armed henchmen and a sequence where the protagonists have to fend off “a massive f***ing frankfurter.”
Despite debuting against Universal’s blockbuster Fifty Shades of Grey, Kingsman: The Secret Service became one of the biggest surprise hits of last year, taking in $128.2 million domestically and $414.3 million worldwide, from just an $81 million budget. Kingsman: The Golden Circle has been given a June 16, 2017 release date, putting it up against the Disney Pixar sequel Cars 3. Matthew Vaughn is directing from a script he co-wrote with Jane Goldman.
Earlier this week, Channing Tatum was spotted for the first time in new photos from the London set, which seemed to indicate that he’s playing another Kingsman agent. The actor was seen getting into a car outside of the Kinsgman tailor shop, but nothing has been confirmed about his character quite yet. Hopefully we’ll get confirmation about who Channing Tatum is playing, and more details about Elton John’s involvement in The Golden Circle, but until then, check out the new poster below.