by Brett White
Variety just broke the news that “Secret Service“—the latest adaptation of a Mark Millar creation—has found its female lead. Director Matthew Vaughn, who’s going for the comic book movie trifecta following directing “Kick-Ass” and “X-Men: First Class,” has enlisted Sophie Cookson to serve as the female lead in the upcoming England-set spy film.
Cookson’s an unknown actress, with “Secret Service” most likely set to be her big screen debut following a few UK television projects (“Unknown Heart” and “Moonfleet”) scheduled to debut later this year. She joins the cast alongside equally-unknown-in-the-States leading man Taron Egerton. Variety makes a point, though, that Vaughn has a knack for finding big talent before their breakthroughs, citing “Kick-Ass'” Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chloe Moretz as examples.
“Secret Service,” a film about a jerky young adult being molded into a James Bond figure by a veteran superspy, counts big name actors like Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson among its cast, so don’t think this film won’t have its fair share of stars. Jackson is on hand to portray the film’s villain, while Firth will bring the veteran agent to life.
The film could be even more star-studded if all of the proposed cameos end up happening. Rumor has it that offers have been extended to quintessential British celebrities David Beckham, Elton John, and Adele to appear in the film, most likely as themselves. There’s even a rumor floating around that all-American country pop singer Taylor Swift has landed a role in the film.
“Secret Service” is currently scheduled for a November 14th, 2014 release date.
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