Well, I’m all in a Firth-lathered-frenzy as I’ve just emerged from the 20th Century Fox presentation at CinemaCon 2014 in Las Vegas and all I can say about the Fox 2014-15 slate is WOW! Yes…they opened with a a splashy feathered showgirl-induced production number for RIO 2, and yes they trotted out Cameron Diaz (looking amazing, I’m jealous to say) to promo her upcoming film The Other Woman, and yes I’m excited about X-Men with a slew of fabulous Brits (James McAvoy, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart) not to mention “precious” Andy Serkis in Dawn of the Planet Of The Ape …but what was the preview that got me all excited? COLIN FIRTH in The Secret Service!!!
If Firth fans EVER fantasized about seeing Mr. Firth as James Bond…here is your chance! The Secret Service has Firth playing a highly-trained British spy, Jack London, who attempts to save his street smart nephew, played by Taron Egerton, from falling into a bad crowd by taking him under his wing.
The clip we got to see shows a familiarly dashing Firth, sitting down over a pint at a pub and having a calm intelligent conversation with his ‘tude-filled’ nephew, who he is trying to set straight, when a dangerous-looking group of thugs walk in to confront the kid. They ask “grandpa” to leave before he gets hurt and THAT is when we see Firth go into action like you’ve NEVER seen him before, using every Bond-esque move to kick the living daylights out of these punks! My heart was RACING as I watched this! Thankfully the audience was just as enthusiastic as we ALL let out a huge round of applause when the preview ended. You will not believe that this is OUR Mr. Darcy or the man that girlishly fought Hugh Grant in Bridget Jones’ Diary…this is Firth. Colin Firth…action star!!
The film is directed by Matthew Vaughn and is based on the comic book of the same name created by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar. The script is co-written by Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman and also stars Michael Caine, Samuel L. Jackson and Mark Hamill. Film will be released October 24th. I want to kiss the person that offered Colin Firth this role! I always knew he had it in him.