Recently, Kingsman star Taron Egerton was caught between two dueling production schedules: 20th Century Fox’s Kingsman 2 and Lionsgate’s Robin Hood: Origins. Egerton’s breakout movie role came in Kingsman: The Secret Service, the Matthew Vaughn-directed adaptation of Mark Millar and Dave Gibbon’s “The Secret Service” comic book, and after banking more than $412 million at the global box office, it became clear that the studio would be moving ahead on a sequel with Egerton returning in the role of Eggsy.
As THR reports, Egerton’s performance attracted the attention of Lionsgate’s Robin Hood reboot, putting the title hero’s feather in the cap of the 26-year-old actor. Juggling multiple film roles is part of the business and most seem to do it with little difficulty, but the conflict between these two productions caused a minor dust-up. Vaughn’s MARV Films, which produced and financed Kingsman, exercised the option on Egerton for a firm April production start. All well and good except that Lionsgate’s Robin Hood was going to be shooting in February.
Egerton could have been recast or the production of the Otto Bathurst-directed origin story could have gone off the rails, but cooler heads prevailed. It seems that Egerton will still film Kingsman 2 in April according to plan, and will then move to Robin Hood once Kingsman 2 wraps, likely late in the summer of 2016. So enjoy having the rest of the year off, young Master Egerton!
The star’s other upcoming projects include Eddie the Eagle, in which he plays Great Britain’s first ski jumper to win the Olympics, Eddie Edwards. Also mentioned in THR’s write-up is that Egerton is attached to star in Crooks County, an indie crime drama scripted by Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly that tells the true tale of a whistleblower who was part of an undercover FBI operation in 1980s Cook County, Illinois. The sting resulted in the largest number of convictions of government officials in American history.