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Taron Egerton poised to join Matthew Vaughn's Secret Service

Taron Egerton

Story by Jack Foley

EMERGING British actor Taron Egerton looks set to star in Matthew Vaughn’s new movie Secret Service alongside Colin Firth.

If successful, Egerton will take on the role of the nephew who Firth mentors to become a secret agent.

The X-Men and Kick-Ass director opted for the newcomer because he would prefer to work with a face that is less known. According to Variety, he had considered Aaron Taylor-Johnson but considered him too high profile.

Jack O’Connell and John Boyega are also reportedly in the frame but Egerton looks to be the preferred option.

The script for Secret Service has already been co-written by Vaughn with his writing partner Jane Goldman and production is expected to commence this autumn. Twentieth Century Fox already has distribution rights.

If negotiations prove successful, Vaughn will next turn to casting two other prominent roles: a female lead, which has already been linked to Emma Watson and Bella Heathcote, and the main villain. According to Variety, Vaughn had approached Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Cruise, but both have passed.

Egerton is considered to be a very hot talent, having graduated from RADA, where he appeared in Divine Words, Saturday Night, The House of Special Purpose and Twelfth Night.

He has also appeared in the National Theatre’s The Last of the Haussmans and No Quarter at the Royal Court, while also landing a small part in TV series Lewis.

More recently, he has completed filming Sky 1’s firefighting drama The Smoke, which will tell the stories of the White Watch team, London firefighters who tackle blazes while negotiating their own sometimes messy private lives.

That series is fronted by Jamie Bamber and Broadchurch‘s Jodie Whitaker.

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