Fans were surprised to learn that Taron Egerton would not be returning as Eggsy for the third Kingsman movie, but there's a good reason for that. The next Kingsman movie is actually a prequel rumored to be about the origin of the Kingsman spy service. The movie will feature an entirely new cast of characters. And rather than casting major name-brand stars, director Matthew Vaughn is focusing more on great actors, reportedly adding Daniel Brühl, Rhys Ifans, and Charles Dance.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle was a who's who of major recognizable talent. Not only did the film see the return of Colin Firth, but it also starred Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, Pedro Pascal, and Elton freakin' John. The sequel was stuffed to the gills with movie stars, but the next Kingsman movie is aiming to fill out its cast with great actors who don't necessarily have to be well known.

According to Collider, the Kingsman prequel (called Kingsman: The Great Game, not Kingsman 3) has cast Daniel Brühl and Charles Dance in undisclosed roles. Brühl is a character actor known for his roles in films such as Rush, Inglorious Basterds, The Fifth Estate, and A Most Wanted Man. He is perhaps most well known for his role as the villainous Zemo in Captain America: Civil War. Brühl was most recently seen in the TNT series The Alienist alongside Luke Evans and Dakota Fanning.

Charles Dance should be more than recognizable to Game of Thrones fans. Dance played bad dad Tywin Lannister on the acclaimed HBO series. He can currently be seen on the AMC series The Little Drummer Girl and he will be appearing in next year's highly anticipated Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

Also currently in talks to join the Kingsman prequel is Rhys Ifan. No stranger to blockbuster filmmaking, Ifans has appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man, Alice Through the Looking Glass, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. He is maybe best known for his role on Notting Hill alongside Julia Roberts.

And that's not all! The prequel has reportedly cast Harris Dickinson (FX's Trust) alongside Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort from Harry Potter). The film is also eyeing Matthew Goode (Watchmen, The Imitation Game) for an undisclosed role. Kingsman: The Great Game will follow Dickinson's character, Conrad, a cocky yet charming young hero who's eager to serve his country and fight in World War I. The film is aiming to begin filming in January.

While a name-brand star can also be a great actor, I think I can see why Matthew Vaughn would want to move away from movie stars. When an actor like Channing Tatum is heavily marketed to be in the film but is then written out after maybe 15 minutes or less of screen time, it tends to leave people feeling disappointed.

There's no official release date for the Kingsman prequel, although this is a big hint. Stick with CinemaBlend and we'll be sure to keep you covered with all the latest news and updates.

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