Those are the three actors vying for the second lead role in Matthew Vaughn’s “The Secret Service,” the 20th Century Fox adaptation of Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons’ comic book of the same name. Variety reports that the “300: Rise of an Empire,” “Attack the Block” and “Magic City” actors are the young men to beat for the part.
O’Connell, Boyega and Cooke aren’t the only ones in contention for the role, however. Variety knows that “more may be added to the list,” but it appears that these are the top contenders in Vaughn’s eyes.
At one point, “Kick-Ass” star Aaron Taylor-Johnson was apparently up for the coveted role, but scheduling and salary issues killed the deal. Variety says it’s still a possibility that Fox will make a new offer to Taylor-Johnson, but the studio wants to see the results of next week’s screen-tests from the aforementioned actors first.
“The Secret Service” centers on a young man who is being mentored into becoming a spy by a veteran agent — his uncle, played by Firth.
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