The Hours and The Hunger Games actress could be stepping into some villainous shoes.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Julianne Moore is in talks to play the big bad in the follow-up to the surprisingly well-received 2014 British spy actioner Kingsman: The Secret Service.
Little to no details are being shared about the role, though that comes as no surprise considering that the comic book series the first film was based on didn’t have a sequel. Kingsman 2’s plot will be almost entirely original, and thus, guarded heavily by the studio. It has been confirmed, however, that the story’s location will jump from London to the United States.
Moore’s wide-range and seemingly endless talent would make this type of character an interesting one to see her play. However, her busy schedule may prevent her from sealing the deal on the role.
Matthew Vaughn will return to direct the sequel, while Kingsman’s young star Taron Egerton will also reprise his role. The original film follows Egerton’s character, Eggsy, a wayward youth who learns he shares DNA with some of the Royal Crown’s most lethal and brightest operatives. Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) starred in the original film as well, but will not be returning as the studio has ditched initial plans to bring the character back from its grave.
Kingsman: The Secret Service opened to a surprising $414.4 million worldwide with only an $81 million production budget. Shooting for the sequel will begin this summer.