By Christopher Rosen
July 20, 2017 at 06:34 PM EDT
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Julianne Moore wasn’t at Comic-Con in San Diego to promote Kingsman: The Golden Circle, but her presence was surely felt. During the film’s Hall H panel on Thursday, the Kingsman team debuted a new clip of Moore in the film that showed her character, the villainous Poppy, tormenting an employee by making him turn a former co-worker into hamburger meat.

“In the first movie, we had [Samuel L. Jackson], who is so kind of charismatic and charming and witty,” Kingsman: The Golden Circle star Taron Egerton told EW inside our Comic-Con studio. “And I think Matthew [Vaughn, the director] just knew we needed someone who could kind of match him for all those qualities. Julianne is kind of absurdly crazy and saccharin sweet. This American sweetheart on an acid trip. She’s really crazy and totally terrifying in it.”

Previously, Matthew Vaughn explained to EW, “For this film, I needed a performer who could fill the shoes of Sam Jackson without any sense of intimidation. And someone who could make this character pretty insane but at the same time real. And though Kingsman is hopefully a big popcorn film, I love to put fantastic, brilliant, Oscar-winning talent like Julianne Moore into crazy environments. That’s when we get magic happening.”

Moore’s character, whom Vaughn described as “Martha Stewart on crack,” will battle Eggys, Harry Hart (a returning Colin Firth) and the Statesman, a group of U.S. spies (played in the film by, among others, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, and Pedro Pascal).

“I just wanted the biggest hat,” Tatum said of his character, Agent Tequila, and his cowboy hat. “I’m a size man.”

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is out Sept. 22.

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