“Rocket Man” Elton John will be joining the cast of “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”, the sequel for the 2015 hit spy movie, “Kingsman: The Secret Service”. It was reported last month that the musician was in talks to play a role in the film.
The world-famous singer took to Instagram to confirm the casting news by uploading the film’s new poster. In the post, he wrote, “It’s been a long time since Tommy”. The term “Tommy” suggests that this movie is his first acting gig since “Tommy”, an indie-fantasy film that was released in 1975.
The poster features a pair of his trademark star-shaped sunglasses and the phrase, “Wednesday night’s alright for fighting”. That is obviously a play on the singer’s hit song, “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting”.
Returning director Matthew Vaughn revealed to ABC news radio last year that he actually wanted the Grammy-winning singer to appear in the first “Kingsman” movie for “a whole fun subplot about celebrities being kidnapped”.
“I had an idea of, ‘Who’s the worst celebrity you’d want to have locked in a cell?’ And I came up with Elton John, and having Elton John throwing these huge tantrums. And then I wanted to do an action scene of Elton John kicking the living daylights out of people,” said the director.
The sequel will see Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (played by Taron Egerton) and Merlin (played by Mark Strong) travelling to America to work with the Statesmen which is a secret organisation (with headquarters disguised as a whiskey distillery) led by an agent named Ginger (played by Halle Berry) and a “swaggering, sharpshooting cowboy” known as Jack.
Slated for release on 16th June 2017, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” also stars Channing Tatum and Julianne Moore.