The King's Man

The King’s Man is an upcoming period action comedy spy film directed, produced and co-written by Matthew Vaughn, with Karl Gajdusek, from a story by Vaughn. It is a prequel to the Kingsman film series, which is loosely based on the comic book series Kingsman, created by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar. The film features an ensemble cast that includes Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, Djimon Hounsou, and Charles Dance.

The King's Man
The King's Man.jpg
Theatrical release poster with original release date
Directed byMatthew Vaughn
Produced by
  • Matthew Vaughn
  • David Reid
  • Adam Bohling
Screenplay by
Story byMatthew Vaughn
Based on
Music by
CinematographyBen Davis[1]
Edited by
Distributed by20th Century Studios
Release date
  • September 18, 2020 (2020-09-18)
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

The film is scheduled to be released on September 18, 2020.


As a collection of history's worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions, one man and his protégé must race against time to stop them.[4]




In June 2018, Matthew Vaughn announced that a prequel film titled Kingsman: The Great Game was in active development, stating that the plot would take place during the early-1900s and would depict the formation of the spy agency and that the project would film back-to-back with "the third regular Kingsman film".[3][5]


In September 2018, it was announced that Ralph Fiennes and Harris Dickinson would star in the prequel.[6][7] In November 2018, it was revealed that Daniel Brühl, Charles Dance, Rhys Ifans and Matthew Goode would co-star in the film.[8]

In February 2019, it was reported that Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Gemma Arterton, Tom Hollander, Djimon Hounsou, Alison Steadman, Stanley Tucci, Robert Aramayo and Neil Jackson had joined the cast.[9][10][11] In April 2019, it was announced Alexandra Maria Lara had joined the cast of the film.[12] Later in May, Joel Basman joined the cast.[13][14] That same month, as filming concluded, Vaughn denied reports that Liam Neeson had joined the cast.[15][16] Vaughn also said The Great Game was a working title and the film would not have that name.[15]


Principal photography began January 22, 2019 in the United Kingdom.[17] In April 2019 some scenes were shot in Turin and Venaria Reale (Italy), transformed into Yugoslavia.[18] Additonal photography is expected to begin sometime in 2020, primarily featuring Arterton. The film's initial cinematographer Ben Davis had to depart the project due to his commitments to The Eternals.[19]


The first teaser trailer of The King's Man was released on July 15, 2019.[20] The second trailer was released on September 28, 2019.[21]


The film was originally going to be released on November 15, 2019,[22] but was pushed back first to February 14, 2020,[23] and then to September 18, 2020.[24]


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  13. ^ Marc, Christopher (May 1, 2019). "EXCLUSIVE: 'Hanna/Papillon' Actor Joel Basman Is Another Addition To The Cast of Matthew Vaughn's 'Kingsman: The Great Game'". HN Entertainment. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
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