The film is a sequel to the 2015 dark comedy “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” starring Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, Taron Egerton and Michael Caine.
Firth and Egerton reunite for the new film with sees the Kingsman travel to America where they hook up with the Statesmen, the U.S. branch of the secret service.
Channing joins the film as Tequila, a Statesman secret agent. Jeff Bridges plays Champagne “Champ,” the head Statesman and Julianne Moore plays Poppy, head of the evil Golden Circle.
Kingsmen discover their American counterparts after their headquarters is destroyed. The two agencies band together to defeat their common enemy, which is holding the world hostage.
“Kingsman: The Secret Service” scored a solid 74 rating on rottentomatoes, a Web site that tracks movie reviews. Audiences liked it even better, giving it an 84 rating.
“‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ is a lively, dashing and amusing motion picture that smartly spoofs and slyly celebrates the James Bond spy-film franchise,” wrote Brad Wheeler, of the Globe and Mail.
Those who panned the film were turned off by its gratuitous violence, the way it played off class distinctions–not surprising for a British film–and what passes for not always easily understandable British humor.
Yet the film did an impressive $414.4 million in box office gross worldwide against an $81 million production budget, which put it squarely in sequel territory.
The new film is written by Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn, based on the comic book by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons.
It hits theaters in September. Check out the trailer below.