Kingsman:The Golden Circle just beefed up its cast with a beefy American. Channing Tatum has announced on twitter that he’s joined the cast of the upcoming sequel to the 2014 (released stateside in 2015) hit comedy spy-thriller directed by Matthew Vaughn. “I’m about to get all up in that Golden Circle,” he said in the tweet.
Set to begin production later this spring, Kingsman:The Golden Circle will see the return of Vaughn behind the camera, with a script by Vaughn and Jane Goldman. Returning cast includes Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, and Sophie Cookson; in addition, despite their characters’ deaths in the first film, Colin Firth and Edward Holcroft are also returning, though what capacity remains unknown. They’ll be joined by Game of Thrones alum Pedro Pascal, with Halle Berry and Julianne Moore also reportedly in talks to join.
Tatum’s role is not known, but the story reportedly sees Eggsy (Egerton ) and Merlin (Strong) joining forces with their American counterpart, “Statesman”, after the Kingsman organization is wiped out by the film’s villain. The graphic included in Tatum’s tweet, similar to the poster art alluding to Firth’s return, would seem to suggest him for the role of “Statesman”.
The film is set to hit theaters June 16, 2017.