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Fox Pushes Back Spy Thriller 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' Starring Colin Firth (TRAILER)

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Bill Desowitz | Thompson on Hollywood August 7, 2014 at 12:07PM

One Comic-Con movie that I actually wanted to see has been pushed back from October 24 to February 2015. It's Matthew Vaughn's spy flick "Kingsman: The Secret Service," which to be fair, looks like it might play better in a less competitive time frame.
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Colin Firth in 'The Kingsman'
Colin Firth in 'The Kingsman'

One Comic-Con movie that I actually wanted to see has been pushed back from October 24 to February 2015. It's Matthew Vaughn's spy flick "Kingsman: The Secret Service," which to be fair, looks like it might play better in a less competitive time frame. 

At the Con, star Colin Firth said he got to fulfill every boyhood fantasy dream by playing a kick-ass spy who trains a younger counterpart (Taron Egerton) in "Kingsman," based on the comic created by Mark Millar ("Kick Ass") and Dave Gibbons ("Watchmen"), which is a throwback to the fun-loving 007 from "The Spy Who Loved Me." (Vaughn brought a '60s vibe to his "X-Men: First Class.")

In the trailer (below), elegantly dapper Firth deploys a stylish umbrella as an intricate weapon (shades of John Steed in "The Avengers"); he and Samuel L. Jackson actually discuss Bond movies. Mark Strong and Michael Caine provide support for along a young cast of spy trainees.

It's as far a cry as Firth could get from his Oscar-winning "King's Speech," but it was worth becoming a killing machine alongside co-star Jackson, Firth said: "This has to do with doing the things we really enjoy. This is not rewriting history...but in terms of what's different, I've never had to do anything this physical, really, unless you include pulling Hugh Grant's hair. The training was extraordinarily intense and unfamiliar to me. It was long and incredibly gratifying in the end."

This article is related to: Comic-Con, Comic Con 2014, Colin Firth, Colin Firth, Matthew Vaughn, Matthew Vaughn, Twentieth Century Fox, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.