Taron Egerton is in line to join The Secret Service, reports Variety.
It’s not a done deal yet but Matthew Vaughn wants him for the role now that Kick-Ass star Aaron Taylor-Johnson has passed on the role. Once he is officially signed, Egerton will be playing Gary, the nephew of Colin Firth’s character, Uncle Jack.
There is still the issue of casting the female lead, which Variety reports is down to Harry Potter‘s Emma Watson and Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows). No word yet on who will be playing the villain but it is expected to be an A-list actor.
The Secret Service is based on the comic book series by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons. Vaughn adapted the script with Jane Goldman. Marv Films will finance and produce the adaptation, which goes into production this fall.
In an interview with SlashFilm, Millar said that Michael Caine would be playing the head of the spy organization and described it as “My Fair Lady meets James Bond.”
Superior is also being adapted into a film. Millar says that “it’s about a kid who has multiple sclerosis who gets a magic wish and his magic wish is to be his favorite big screen super hero, so that’s like a magic wish Spielberg-y adventure with a Richard Donner-y vibe to it.”
Mark Hamill is also attached to be in the film according to Millar.