CinemaCon was this week, and one of the many surprises that came out of it, was footage shown from the upcoming Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class) film, The Secret Service. The movie is based of a comic from Mark Millar, Dave Gibbons, and Vaughn. In the comic, a secret agent takes his nephew under his wing and teaches him how to become a spy like himself. It’s not too edgy as far as Mark Millar goes, but it’s a pretty great story and I can’t wait to see what Colin Firth and Taron Egerton do with the material.
According to the description of the footage shown at CinemaCon, it seems that they did a pretty great job. Read it below:
[box_light]The scene opens in a pub where Firth’s Jack is having a chat with Eggsy about his potential, but the obstinate youth isn’t really listening to anything the man in front of him has to say, even though he clearly seems to know a lot about the troubled youth. In the middle of their conversation, a bunch of young goons come into the pub after Eggsy who stole one of their cars, and the lad suggests that Jack should go but he wants to finish his beer, so he sits there despite the threat of numbers in the group of hoodlums. After enough goading, Jack finally gets up and walks to the door but instead of going out, he locks it–similar to the scene from The Equalizer shown at the Sony presentation the night before–and states that “manners make the man.” When the lead thug asks him to repeat himself, Jack takes his umbrella and uses it to hit a beer mug right into the guy’s face and while the others hesitate, one of them finally lunges towards Jack and is taken out just as violently. Firth’s Jack is more John Steed than James Bond as he takes out the rest of the group just as effectively using a combination of hand-to-hand combat and his umbrella, but when one of the thugs pulls out a gun to shoot him, he opens the umbrella and we find out it’s bulletproof. Not only that, but there’s also a built-in gun that he uses to shoot the last thug in the chest. The bartender is on the phone ready to call the cops so Jack uses his watch to send a tranquilizer dart into his neck, knocking him out. After this scene, we got a nice variety of footage with Firth’s character narrating and telling us about the Kingsmen, as well as seeing a few shots of Samuel L. Jackson as the villain Dr. James Arnold, in an odd combination of red baseball cap and glasses.[/box_light]
Thanks to SuperHeroHype for the scoop!
The Secret Service will open on October 24th, 2014. The film stars: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine, and a ton of celebrity cameos.