Julianne Moore is jumping from one successful movie franchise to another. The “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II” actress is currently in talks to play the chief villain in the forthcoming sequel to last year’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service.”
Moore will be replacing the incredible Samuel L. Jackson who played the lispy billionaire, Richmond Valentine, and his right-hand woman, the deadly Gazelle (Sofia Boutella), according to The Hollywood Reporter. Unfortunately, information about the character is still being kept under tight wraps but it is understood that she will be the film’s main antagonist.
The Oscar-nominated actress is one of the most in-demand names in Hollywood in the recent years. Cinema Blend reported that the “Still Alice” star is also currently in talks to appear in “Suburbicon,” a film written by Ethan and Joel Coen and to be directed by Geroge Clooney. She will be performing on the big screen alongside “The Martian” star Matt Damon and “Avengers: Infinity War” actor Josh Brolin.
Moore is also being considered for a role in the movie adaptation of the beloved children’s book, “Wonderstruck.” The production will be overseen by Todd Haynes (“I’m Not There,” “Carol”) who also worked with Moore in the 2002 film “Far From Heaven.”
Matthew Vaughn (“Kickass,” “Stardust”) will be coming back as the director for “Kingsman 2.” Taron Egerton (“Eddie The Eagle“) is also set to reprise his role as the British delinquent turned spy, Eggsy.
Colin Firth’s involvement, however, is still unclear as of now because, despite his character’s death in the first film, there are talks that “Kingsman 2″ will bring the”Pride and Prejudice” actor back in one way or another. Egerton also confirmed that the action will be moving from the streets of London, across the pond to the United States.
“Kingsman 2” is slated to begin production on May this year with a projected release date around June 2017.