Director Matthew Vaughn’s third Kingsman movie is firming up a Kick-Ass cast.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson (re-teaming with Vaughn after Kick-Ass 2) and Gemma Arterton (The Escape, Netflix’s Watership Down) have joined the cast of Kingsman: The Great Game, EW has learned.
Vaughn, returning to write and direct, always intended the Kingsman films to be a trilogy. He previously spoke about potential plans for a more traditional sequel to Kingsman: The Golden Circle for “the conclusion of the Harry Hart-Eggsy relationship.” However, The Great Game is not that.
The subtitle is one Vaughn mentioned during past interviews in reference to a prequel that would follow the organization of Kingsman agents in the ’90s. Taron Egerton, the star of the past two Kingsman movies as Eggsy, will sit this one out as The Great Game will be the origin of the Kingsman story.
Taylor-Johnson and Arterton join the previously cast Charles Dance (HBO’s Game of Thrones), Daniel Bruhl (TNT’s The Alienist), Harris Dickinson (FX’s Trust), and Ralph Fiennes (Holmes & Watson).
Kingsman: The Secret Service introduced Eggsy as a London rabble-rouser recruited to try out for the Kingsman spy agency under the tutelage of Colin Firth’s Agent Harry Hart. The sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, took the agents to meet the organization’s American brethren, The Statesman, to take down drug kingpin Poppy (Julianne Moore).
The Great Game is currently scheduled for release on Nov. 8.
This article has been updated with further details.