Bella Heathcote And Emma Watson In Running For 'Secret Service' Female Lead, Unknown Taron Egerton Set For Lead

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by Drew Taylor
July 25, 2013 6:45 PM
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Well, it looks like "The Secret Service," the next Matthew Vaughn-directed adaptation of a Mark Millar comic book, is almost fully staffed with secret agents. According to a Variety report, newcomer Taron Egerton has landed the lead role of a young street tough who is turned into a super spy, in a story Millar has described as "My Fair Lady" meets James Bond. Meanwhile, the hunt for a female lead is still on, with Bella Heathcote and Emma Watson looking like the current frontrunners.

"The Secret Service" originated as a comic book by Mark Millar, whose comic book creations also inspired "Wanted" and "Kick-Ass" (he also serves in some kind of creative capacity on the Marvel movies Fox has in development) and Dave Gibbons, the artist who worked with Alan Moore on the beloved "Watchmen" series. It tells the story of a kid who is taken under the wing of his super spy uncle, who teaches him how to be the best spy he can be. It's pretty warm-hearted, given Millar's usual nihilistic streak, and should make for a fun deconstruction of the genre.

So far Egerton joins Colin Firth (as the uncle) and Michael Caine (as the head of the spy organization). Whoever Vaughn picks for the female lead would play the romantic love interest for our young spy. Heathcote came off a great 2012 in which she costarred in Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows" and David Chase's "Not Fade Away" (if either had been a bigger hit she'd be shortlisted for everything). Watson, of course, is transitioning from her "Harry Potter" mode, with two winning performances this summer in "This is the End" and Sofia Coppola's brilliant "Bling Ring." Mark Hamill, who makes an appearance in the first issue of the comic book, has also signed on to play himself. According to the Variety report, they're still looking for a huge star to play the bad guy, after both Tom Cruise and Leonardo DiCaprio passed.

Egerton is a relative newcomer, with his only credit being the British television series "Inspector Lewis." What's more, he beat out Jack O'Connell (who will star in Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken") and John Boyega, from wonderful British sci-fi romp "Attack the Block," for the role.

Vaughn directs from a script he co-wrote with his writing partner Jane Goldman. Shooting is expected to start this fall, while Fox has scheduled a November 14th, 2014 release date for the film.

Vaughn served as a producer on "Kick-Ass 2," also based on some Millar comics, which opens on August 16th.

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12 Comments

  • riley | July 26, 2013 8:10 PMReply

    emma is so fucking gorgeous

  • your mom | July 25, 2013 11:09 PMReply

    I want Emma to be in this.

  • Anna | July 25, 2013 9:01 PMReply

    Even if they will offer it to Watson...she won't accept.The film starts shooting this fall and so id Watson's final semestet in Brown.Though it seems like a project that Watson would be interested in as it deals with some every-day problems.

  • scott | July 25, 2013 8:38 PMReply

    Emma Watson would be perfect for this role! I think she's becoming better and better at acting.

  • Ariadne | July 25, 2013 8:26 PMReply

    I feel Emma Watson should be the lead.She reall has grown since potter and i'm imressec.She has a lot of talent and keeps getting better with every film.Plus ,she beat Heathcote for the female lead in both Noah and Cinderella.In Noah rumor has it that she gave an oscar worthy performance.

  • Ariadne | July 25, 2013 9:05 PM

    @scott it's true...but she still beat many actresses for the role.Same thing happened in Noah.After loosing Fanning,Aronofsky had many actresses in mind to play Ila.After he watched PERKS he asked Watson and Lernan to audition and Watson bear many actresses including Heathcote.

  • scott | July 25, 2013 8:39 PM

    I agree with you but Emma refused to be Cinderella.

  • cole | July 25, 2013 7:35 PMReply

    cool!! I think emma watson should get the female lead :P

  • skoot | July 25, 2013 6:56 PMReply

    Sounds like O'Connell wanted to go with awards bait and gravitad instead of comic book fare.

  • BEF | July 25, 2013 6:56 PMReply

    Too bad for Boyega ... His Spike Lee joint doesn't get picked up, he doesn't get this ... I want this kid to break out.

  • GARV DARV | July 25, 2013 6:49 PMReply

    "should make for a fun deconstruction of the genre" -- What are you even talking about?

  • Drew | July 25, 2013 6:51 PM

    The comic book played with archetypes from the spy genre and put them through the regular Mark Millar blender. That's what I'm talking about Garv. Thanks!

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