Yesterday, Kingsman star Taron Egerton caused a bit of a hubbub by casually mentioning that he wouldn't be headlining the next Kingsman movie, a move that - if you didn't bother digging any deeper into Egerton's exact quote - didn't exactly sound like a vote of confidence for Matthew Vaughn's spies-and-shenanigans franchise. Perhaps what Egerton really revealed is that The Great Game might be made before Kingsman 3, which presumably means it's that episode that will open on November 8 of next year, aka the slot previously held by the next Bond film before that ran into all those pre-production headaches.
While this may be disappointing to the fans of the franchise, Egerton goes on to explain that he isn't done with the franchise for good. We're very much still in business together, it's just that his next journey in that universe doesn't involve me.
"That doesn't mean I won't be in Kingsman ever again", Egerton confirmed.
"His idea for the new one is incredibly exciting", he said. "I'm sad that I won't be on that journey with him but it's not the last you've seen of Eggsy".
The Great Game will reportedly introduce a new teen hero named Conrad, who wants to fight in World War I, as well as a new dapper older gentleman, rumored to be played by Ralph Fiennes.
So Eggsy isn't in the next film quite simply because he won't have been born yet when it takes place.
The first two installments centered on the induction and mentorship of Eggsy by Secret Service agent Harry Hart (Colin Firth), and as recently as June of this year, Vaughn told Empire that Kingsman 3 would mark "the conclusion of the Harry Hart-Eggsy relationship".
And if you're missing Egerton, you can catch him in the new Robin Hood, released on 21 November, or else you can see him step into Sir Elton John's platform shoes for biopic Rocketman. Let us know your thoughts down below!