20th Century Fox has released a new trailer for its upcoming The King’s Man, which will act as a prequel to the previous two instalments in the franchise. While the first two Kingsman movies were riffs and smart satire on classic spy movies like the James Bond franchise, The Kingâ€™s Man looks to be a stylized historical epic action piece.
Set during the early days of World War I (similar to 2017â€™sÂ Wonder Woman),Â The Kingâ€™s ManÂ starsÂ Ralph FiennesÂ as the Duke of Oxford andÂ Harris DickinsonÂ as his protege Conrad, in place of the roles previously portrayed byÂ Colin Firthâ€˜s Galahad andÂ Taron Egertonâ€˜s Eggsy.
It’s fascinating to note that the action scenes and fight choreography in The King’s Man seem to focus more on sleek close-quarters combat involving swords and knives, which is appropriate for the era. Of course, there are still primitive rifles, machine guns and the like, as seen in the trailer.
The official synopsis reads:
As a collection of historyâ€™s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions, one man must race against time to stop them.
Discover the origins of the very first independent intelligence agency inÂ The Kingâ€™s Man.
The movie also starsÂ Rhys IfanÂ (The Amazing Spider-Man),Â Gemma ArtertonÂ (Prince Of Persia),Â Matthew Goode,Â Tom Hollander,Â Daniel BrÃ¼hlÂ (Captain America: Civil War),Â Djimon HounsouÂ (Guardians Of The Galaxy), andÂ Charles DanceÂ (Game Of Thrones).
My favourite quote from the trailer comes from Ralph Fiennes’ Duke Of Oxford:
“Our enemies think we are gentle men but reputation is what people think of you, character is what you are.”
The Kingâ€™s ManÂ is slated to release on Valentineâ€™s Day (14 February) in 2020. Check out the trailer below.