Colin Firth Heading for Action in Matthew Vaughn's 'Secret Service'
Just over a month ago, we learned that Fox had picked up the rights to Mark Millar's comic book Secret Service for Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class) to direct after departing the sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past. Now it sounds like the project is making progress towards production as Latino Review has learned that Colin Firth will make a surprising foray into the action genre for the film which follows a veteran secret service agent training his punk nephew for the same job in the midst of celebrity kidnappings, the murder of an entire town and some sort of government secret involving Mount Everest. More below!
Firth is a big name, but he's yet to venture into blockbuster action territory, opting for comedies and dramas from Love Actually to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Millar has described Secret Service as "James Bond meets My Fair Lady," which sounds like one of the strangest combinations we've ever heard of, so this should be fun. If anything, having Firth in the lead role makes this project a little more intriguing than it might be if a typical action star was put in the lead role. The question is whether a familiar young face will be brought in to play the nephew, or if Firth will work with a lesser known talent. Stay tuned.