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Elton John in Talks to Join 'Kingsman' Sequel (Exclusive)
Elton John is in talks to join the cast of Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Matthew Vaughn’s sequel to his 2014 action spy hit.
If a deal is made, the pop icon will join a cast that includes returning star Taron Egerton and new castmembers Julianne Moore, Halle Berry and Pedro Pascal, among others. Mark Strong is also set to return, and the production has strongly hinted that Colin Firth, who perished in the first installment, will be coming back as well.
The new movie continues the adventures of a wayward tough (Egerton) from the wrong side of London who was taken in and, a la Pygmalion, turned into the best and brightest of British operatives.
It is unclear what role John is taking, although he could be playing himself.
Golden Circle is set to begin principal photography in London with Vaughn in the director’s seat. He also co-wrote the script with Jane Goldman.
While John has been involved in movies before — he won an Oscar for his musical work on 1994’s The Lion King — his acting efforts have been mostly limited to voiceovers for shows such as The Simpsons, in which he played himself, or acting as a narrator in DreamWorks Animation’s The Road to El Dorado.
John is repped by UTA.