Matthew Vaughn: ‘Ralph Fiennes is a natural with action sequences’

Matthew Vaughn has praised Ralph Fiennes for acing the action sequences in The King’s Man.In the prequel to Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service and The Golden Circle, the veteran British actor plays the Duke of Oxford, a gentleman warrior who hel…

Matthew Vaughn has praised Ralph Fiennes for acing the action sequences in The King’s Man.

In the prequel to Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service and The Golden Circle, the veteran British actor plays the Duke of Oxford, a gentleman warrior who helps guide his son Conrad through the world of espionage.

With the exception of some wand-wielding scenes in the Harry Potter franchise, the 56-year-old is best known for starring in intimate dramas than blockbusters, but Vaughn has insisted Fiennes is so fit he was more than capable of handling the action scenes.

“He’s fit as f**k… He’s been doing yoga two hours every day for 35 years,” the director said to Empireonline.com. “There’s one scene, which is a homage to a Jackie Chan moment, where we put a safety harness and a winch on him. After we shot it, the safety guy said, ‘He didn’t even use the winch.’ Ralph did it himself.”

The Kick-Ass filmmaker added that Fiennes was “like a duck to water for the action,” and explained that he had practice with sword fighting scenes because he was well-versed with those in the theatre.

Elsewhere in the chat, Vaughn noted that he cast The English Patient actor in The King’s Man because he’d been hoping to work with him for years and thought he would have made a great James Bond when he was younger.

“Ralph is a brilliant actor. And his secret weapon, and I don’t think enough people appreciate it, is that he’s very f**king funny. He had no problem going into the murkiness of Kingsman quite happily. He can do it all,” he gushed.

The King’s Man, which also stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Gemma Arterton and Djimon Hounsou, is set for release in February 2020.

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Kenneth Branagh join Christopher Nolan’s Tenet

Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Kenneth Branagh have boarded Christopher Nolan’s new film Tenet.In January, executives at Warner Bros. confirmed the Interstellar director was working on a new project and set the release date for 17 July 2020, with the movie a…

Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Kenneth Branagh have boarded Christopher Nolan’s new film Tenet.

In January, executives at Warner Bros. confirmed the Interstellar director was working on a new project and set the release date for 17 July 2020, with the movie also to be released in IMAX.

Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, and John David Washington were among the first stars to be attached, and on Wednesday, studio bosses announced the film would be titled Tenet, and that Taylor-Johnson and Branagh had been cast.

In addition, Clemence Poesy, Michael Caine, and Indian actress Dimple Kapadia will appear.

Few details about the narrative have been released, though the film has been described as an “action epic evolving from the world of international espionage”.

Nolan is directing from his own screenplay, and is producing alongside his wife and collaborator, Emma Thomas. Thomas Hayslip will serve as executive producer, while Nathan Crowley is the production designer, costumes will be designed by Jeffrey Kurland, and the score is being composed by Ludwig Goransson.

Bosses at Warner Bros. previously reserved the same July slot for when Nolan unveiled Dunkirk in 2017, with the World War II feature about the Dunkirk evacuation – which featured Branagh, Fionn Whitehead, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, and Tom Hardy – garnering eight Oscar nominations, including nods for Best Picture and Best Director, and taking home three golden statues.

The filmmaker, also known for making Inception and The Dark Knight Trilogy, is not currently working on any other movies.

Taylor-Johnson was most recently seen onscreen in Netflix film Outlaw King and is currently filming Kingsman: The Great Game, the third instalment of the Kingsman franchise.

Meanwhile, Branagh starred and directed All Is True, which explored the final days in the life of William Shakespeare, and is also gearing up to begin work on an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile, following on from his 2017 film Murder on the Orient Express.

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Robert Pattinson to be next Batman – report

Robert Pattinson is reportedly in final negotiations to take on the role of the Caped Crusader in Matt Reeves’ The Batman.While the deal has yet to be finalised, “Pattinson is the top choice and it’s expected to close shortly,” industry insiders told…

Robert Pattinson is reportedly in final negotiations to take on the role of the Caped Crusader in Matt Reeves’ The Batman.

While the deal has yet to be finalised, “Pattinson is the top choice and it’s expected to close shortly,” industry insiders told Variety. Pre-production on the movie, expected to hit cinemas in June 2021, is thought to be starting this summer.

Warner Bros. has yet to comment on the speculation.

Despite Variety’s news piece, other industry publications aren’t so sure about whether or not Pattinson’s involvement in the movie is a “done deal”. Deadline reported that the studio is trying to decide between the former Twilight star and Nicholas Hoult, while The Hollywood Reporter suggested Armie Hammer and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are two of the other names linked to the part.

Whoever lands the role has some big shoes to fill. Ben Affleck was meant to be reprising his role in the movie, as well as directing it, but stepped down in January (19), after deciding he “couldn’t crack it”.

“I tried to direct a version of it and worked with a really good screenwriter, but just couldn’t come up with a version, I couldn’t crack it,” he explained during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. “So I thought it was time to let someone else take a shot at it. They got some really good people, so I’m excited.”

Director Reeves is most famous for helming the last two Planet of the Apes movies.

While Pattinson is arguably most famous for playing vampire Edward Cullen in the Twilight movies between 2008 and 2012, he has since starred in films including Good Time, The Lost City of Z, and High Life.

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson reunites with Matthew Vaughn for Kingsman prequel

Aaron Taylor-Johnson is teaming up once again with his Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn for the Kingsman prequel. The Nocturnal Animals actor is reuniting with moviemaker, who he worked on the 2010 superhero comedy, on Kingsman: The Great Game, a preq…

Aaron Taylor-Johnson is teaming up once again with his Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn for the Kingsman prequel.

The Nocturnal Animals actor is reuniting with moviemaker, who he worked on the 2010 superhero comedy, on Kingsman: The Great Game, a prequel to Vaughn’s Kingsman instalments, The Secret Service and The Golden Circle, which were released in 2014 and 2017, respectively.

According to Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper, Taylor-Johnson is part of a star-studded ensemble cast which also includes Gemma Arterton, Ralph Fiennes, Rhys Ifans, and newcomer Harris Dickinson.

The prequel will be set during World War I and explore the origins of the Kingsman organisation. Arterton will play a nanny named Polly, who helps raise Conrad, the son of the Duke of Oxford, with “ruthless efficiency”. Fiennes will play the Duke, while Dickinson will portray his heir Conrad. Reporters at Collider.com also added that Conrad will be a “cocky yet charming young hero” who’s eager to serve his country and fight in World War I, and the film will be more of a period drama than a spy thriller.

Filming is already underway in various locations around the U.K. with a base at Longcross Film Studios near Chertsey in Surrey.

Daily Mail columnist Baz Bamigboye also revealed that the prequel will feature Daniel Bruhl, Charles Dance, Stanley Tucci, Matthew Goode, Djimon Hounsou, Alison Steadman, and Tom Hollander.

The Bird Box actor has been cast in three roles after casting directors unsuccessfully tried to find three similar-looking actors for the parts. Hollander will play King George V, the German Kaiser and the Russian tsar, who are all part of Queen Victoria’s extended family tree.

Kingsman star Taron Egerton will not appear in The Great Game, which is scheduled to be released in November, but is thought to be reprising his character Eggsy in Kingsman 3, which Vaughn is currently developing.

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Outlaw King to open Toronto International Film Festival

Chris Pine’s Robert the Bruce biopic, Outlaw King, will open the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival in Canada. The movie, directed by David Mackenzie, will have its world premiere at Roy Thomson Hall as the 43rd annual festival opens on 6 Septem…

Chris Pine’s Robert the Bruce biopic, Outlaw King, will open the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival in Canada.

The movie, directed by David Mackenzie, will have its world premiere at Roy Thomson Hall as the 43rd annual festival opens on 6 September (18).

Pine’s latest real-life character was a 14th century Scottish king who led an army of outlaws to claim the English throne.

The historical epic, which reteams Pine and his Hell or High Water director, also features Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Florence Pugh.

“TIFF’s opening night film, Outlaw King, tells a powerful story that is rich in drama, excitement, romance, and adventure,” Piers Handling, the director & CEO of the festival, says. “Audiences are promised a thrilling journey back in time, as David Mackenzie masterfully unwraps history with taut dramatic flare and brings to life the true story of Scottish hero Robert the Bruce.

“Gripping performances led by Chris Pine and Aaron Taylor-Johnson make this a classic, entertaining, and action-packed Festival opener.”

The director adds, “Thank you, TIFF, for welcoming our film into the world. The Festival is the perfect launch pad for our realistic epic, and we are delighted to be the first Scottish film ever to open Toronto.

“I cannot imagine a better place to have our World Premiere. Scotland and Canada’s histories are bound together, forged in the crucible of the struggles of history, bringing this day an affinity and sensibility that I hope will translate to a profound, visceral, and riotously entertaining experience. We have an amazing cast and crew working at the top of their game, and we are really looking forward to spreading some Scottish goodwill on the great city of Toronto.”

Meanwhile, Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy – director Justin Kelly’s adaptation of Savannah Knoop’s memoir Girl Boy Girl: How I Became JT LeRoy – will close this year’s festival.

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