Consider this a public service announcement of the utmost importance: Taron Egerton is an INCREDIBLE singer. The 27-year-old ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ star can be heard flexing his hidden vocal talents in the new animated musical ‘Sing’ from Illumination, the studio behind ‘Minions’ and ‘The Secret Life of Pets’. Egerton plays Johnny, a cockney gorilla, who yearns to sing professionally despite his father’s wishes to join his criminal gang. It’s an incredible vocal performance from the star who belts out a rousing rendition of Elton John’s ‘I’m Still Standing’ at the film’s climax, and he told Yahoo Movies it’s a talent he’s been working on for many years.
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Universal has released a series of new character portraits for ‘Sing’, the new animated musical from the studio responsible for ‘Minions’ and ‘Despicable Me’, to help you put a face to a name. Directed by Garth Jennings (‘Son of Rambow’, ‘The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy’), ‘Sing’ is set in a world like ours but one that is completely inhabited by animals, and it tells the story of a plucky Koala who wants to host the world’s greatest singing competition.
2015’s ‘Kingsman’ cast Colin Firth against type as a gentleman super-spy and man of action who takes young hoodie Taron Egerton under his wing as a new recruit. A deliberate reaction against the more grounded spy movies of recent years (Bourne, Craig-era Bond), it was all ridiculous gadgets, implausible schemes, and at times surprisingly full-on violence – the church bloodbath scene being a notable highlight.
2015′s ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ surprised everyone when it was greeted with hugely positive reviews and a generally positive reception from cinema goers. Now, as ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ has just finished filming, its star Taron Egerton has significantly hyped it up. The first film starred Egerton alongside Colin Firth, Sam L. Jackson, and Mark Strong and managed to sufficiently poke fun at the James Bond type movies whilst retaining its own identity and credibility.
Have we, or have we not seen the last of Colin Firth’s gentleman spy Harry Hart, AKA Galahad? It seemed reasonable to assume that Firth would not be back, as Hart was seemingly shot dead by Samuel L Jackson’s billionaire villain.
After his untimely death in ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’, it looked as though the future of Harry Hart had been cut short. A crying shame – after all, ‘Kingsman’ saw Colin Firth at his finest, kicking ass as the gentleman spy alongside Taron Egerton.
Vinnie Jones has joined ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’. Appearing on Twitter, the 51-year-old actor and ex-footballer revealed that he’s currently on set for ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’… and we even got a glimpse of his costume. “Reunited with mathew Vaughn,” he said alongside a picture with the ‘Kingsman 2’ director.
Not wishing to slight the success of this year’s ‘Deadpool,’ but you’d think from the overall reaction that it was the first 15/R-rated comic book movie to be a smash hit. Released in January 2015, director Matthew Vaughn’s live-action take on the comic book he co-conceived with Mark Millar - themselves the team behind earlier R-rated comic book movie ‘Kick-Ass’ - took $414.3 million worldwide (admittedly not quite so impressive as 'Deadpool’s $746 million). Now, a 'Kingsman’ sequel is in the works, bringing back Vaughn as director, Taron Egerton as chav-turned-secret agent Eggsy, and Mark Strong as mentor Merlin, plus two notable new co-stars in Halle Berry and Julianne Moore.
Harrison Ford has offered some advice to whoever it is that ends up taken on his legendary ‘Star Wars’ role of Han Solo. Making a surprise appearance on Ellen DeGeneres’s US talk show (via Entertainment Weekly), Ford said when asked if he had any advice for the actors: “Don’t do it. A 'Star Wars’ spin-off prequel starring a young Han Solo is currently in the early stages of pre-production, with the hunt for a new Solo reportedly down to three actors.
Ever since it as announced that Disney had met with over 2,500 actors for the lead role in the upcoming ‘Young Han Solo Star Wars’ spin-off, we’ve been waiting patiently for those in charge to thin the herd. According to The Hollywood Reporter they’ve now done just that. In fact, directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller now have as little as three, but probably more, actors to choose from for the part.
Jamie Foxx had better start piling on that muscle (and a bit of height too, while he’s at it) – his next role is set to be playing the traditionally towering Little John in a new origin story of Robin Hood.
‘Eddie the Eagle’ soars high as Taron Egerton appears in the upcoming biopic. Taron Egerton stars as Eddie Edwards – the not-so-brilliant UK ski-jumper whose can-do attitude made him a worldwide sensation after he managed to represent Britain at the 1988 Olympics in Calgary. Re-teaming Taron Egerton with producer Matthew Vaughn, ‘Eddie the Eagle’ (directed by Dexter Fletch) is the dramatized story of Eddie’s Olympic plight… and it’s already gone down a storm at the annual Butt-Numb-A-Thon film festival.