The sequel to “Kingsman: The Secret Service” is finally coming together as 20th Century Fox prepares a release date for next year.

Matthew Vaughn is returning to the director’s chair with longtime writing partner, Jane Goldman, and the comic’s author Mark Millar to pen R-rated spy sequel. Taron Egerton is set to reprise his role as Gary “Eggsy” Unwin, the street kid who swayed his way into a secret spy organisation his late father used to work in. Joining Egerton onboard is the film’s main villain: Julianne Moore.

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Although Moore is being sought after for the villainous role, no further details about the character’s background have been revealed.

Having played the formidable President Coin in “The Hunger Games” saga and the malevolent witch, Mother Malkin, in “Seventh Son”, this will be delightful news for “Kingsman” fans should the Oscar winner choose to sign on to this project.

Moore will be following in the footsteps of Samuel L. Jackson, who played Richmond Valentine aka the big baddie in “Kingsman: The Secret Service”, who intended to wipe out much of the human race by using mobile phone tech to turn the citizens against one another.

Egerton recently hyped up the villainous role saying, “There’s a script, it’s brilliant. Obviously there’s only so much I can say but what I can say is that we shot (the first) one all in the U.K., that won’t be the case with the next one. It’s a far more international story, we’re going to some incredible places, and we have a villain to rival Samuel L. Jackson—this new one is so brilliantly written I wish I could play it. It’s amazing.”

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Contrary to popular belief, Colin Firth will not be returning for the Kingsman sequel. There were originally plans to bring Firth back via flashback or as Harry Hart’s twin brother, but those ideas have since been discarded. Instead, the upcoming sequel will focus solely on Eggsy as the main protagonist.

The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the studio will begin filming somewhere between April to May this year. On the other hand, Egerton is also expected to headline “Robin Hood: Origins“, which could create a conflict with the sequel’s start date. Fingers crossed that the production side of things will work out.

“Kingsman 2” is currently slated for a released on 16th June 2017.

Sources: Slash Film, Screen Rant, Movie Web.