Matthew Vaughn is planning to shoot his latest graphic novel adaptation, The Secret Service, soon. Now he’s got a female lead, as relative newcomer Sophie Cookson has signed up, according to Variety. Vaughn apparently considered the likes Emma Watson and Bella Heathcote for the role, but he wanted a fresh face.
Indeed that seems to be his strategy for most of the younger faces in the movie, as Taron Egerton landed the young male lead last month, despite not having a huge amount of professional acting experience.
Colin Firth is set to play a veteran MI6 spy who takes his nephew Gary (Taron Egerton) under his wing. He hopes that mentoring the young man in the ways of covert affairs will put him on the straight and narrow. Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Caine also star.
Matthew Vaughn is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jane Goldman, which is adapted from the comic book series created by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons. Production is slated to begin sometime this autumn.