If filmmaker Matthew Vaughn is going for the “Greatest Cast on the Planet” moniker with Kingsman: The Golden Circle, he is well on his way to placing. The highly anticipated spy sequel began filming last month with Taron Egerton reprising his role as the now-Kingsman Eggsy and Mark Strong returning as trusted tech support Merlin. Vaughn aimed high for newcomers and hit his target, as Julianne Moore is playing the film’s villain while Halle Berry and Channing Tatum fill out the ensemble as Egerton and his cohorts cross the pond to rub elbows with the American version of Kingsman, The Statesman.
As if that wasn’t enough, Vaughn enlisted Elton John to take an unspecified role in the film, and Colin Firth is reprising his role as Harry Hart—though we don’t exactly know how. And now, with filming already underway, the ensemble has added one more exciting name: Jeff Bridges. The actor announced his involvement today on Twitter with a specialized (and alcohol-infused) poster, marking another fantastic addition. It even serves as a reunion of sorts, as Bridges co-starred with Moore in the recent fantasy epic Seventh Son—if you can believe it.
Vaughn once again co-wrote the screenplay with frequent collaborator Jane Goldman, and given how much of a blast the first film was, I can’t wait to see what The Golden Circle has in store for us—especially with the setting change. Luckily the wait isn’t terribly long, as Kingsman: The Golden Circle is slated for release on June 16, 2017.