Six trailers, seven release date revisions, and over two years later, we’re still writing about The King’s Man (the other problem child of long-awaited blockbusters). At this stage, the beloved franchise’s WWI prequel hasn’t just taken a backseat thanks to COVID-19. It’s all the way in the boot, collecting dust under the spare tire, and next to that hula hoop you found on the side of a road. 20th Century Fox’s bandaid solution? Give the people new footage with some naughty language to chew on in the meantime.
The official Red Band trailer (linked below) previews more of Rhys Ifans’ Grigori Rasputin in all his unrefined glory; a classic foil to Ralph Fiennes’ very prim and proper Orlando Oxford, Duke of Oxford. Throw in the odd knife fight, explosion, and Gemma Arterton’s Polly telling someone to “stop fucking about” – lol – and you’ve bought yourself a little more public interest. For now. Again, bandaid solution.
Starring Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Djimon Honsou, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Bruhl, Tom Hollander, and Rhys Ifans, the upcoming prequel will not only complete the trilogy, but explore the very inception of the Kingsman. In The King’s Man, the freshly established independent intelligence agency will be tasked with preventing a plot devised by “the worst tyrants and criminal masterminds in history” which threatens to wipe out millions.
Matthew Vaughn has once again returned as screenwriter, producer, and director for this production, having penned the story in collaboration with Karl Gajdusek. Gajdusek was the showrunner for season one of Netflix’s Stranger Thing – as well as the man responsible for adapting The Last Days of American Crime. Concern.
The King’s Man now has a scheduled release date of January 1st of 2022 here in Australia. And if it doesn’t actually arrive then, well.. I don’t know what to tell ya, fellas. Read Pygmalion and watch another Bond flick. But maybe not No Time To Die. Who knows?