Ralph Fiennes will be going into the trenches in the new Kingsman film: a prequel that will explore the origins of the intelligence organisation.
The first two films â€” The Secret Service and The Golden Circle â€” had Colin Firth and Mark Strong supporting Taron Egerton as Eggsy, the young man recruited into the Kingsman clan.
But the third picture â€” currently known as Kingsman: Untitled â€” will be set during World War I and will focus on the man who would be Kingsman: a character to be played by Fiennes.
Ralph Fiennes will be starring in the third Kingsman film, due out in 2019. The film will be a prequel to the first two and will explore the origins of the intelligence organisation
Plot details on the film, which shoots early next year, are sketchy; though I understand it will include some fictional storylines involving the real life Duke of Lancasterâ€™s Regiment which, for more than a century, has included Kingsman as a unique rank, the equivalent of private.
Harris Dickinson will join Fiennes in the third Kingsman movie. Dickinson is currentlyÂ currently appearing in the Getty family drama Trust
Producer and director Matthew Vaughn and his team have started booking studio space for the picture, which will be released on November 8, 2019 â€” the date originally claimed by Bond 25, before behind-the-scenes upheaval forced the 007 picture to shift to a February 2020 release.
Fiennes is expected to be in that film, too.
The actor is riding high at the moment, what with top notices for his Antony (opposite Sophie Okonedoâ€™s marvellous Queen of the Nile) in Antony and Cleopatra, which I saw at the National Theatre on Tuesday.
And last week I revealed that he will star with Nicole Kidman in The Dig, which films next summer.
Up-and-coming actor Harris Dickinson will join Fiennes in the third Kingsman movie.
Dickinson is currently appearing in the Getty family drama Trust, directed by Danny Boyle on BBC TV. He plays teenage kidnap victim John Paul Getty III.
Theatre legends give exiting first preview of reimagined CompanyÂ
Theatre legends Patti LuPone and Stephen Sondheim, above, were holding forth in the Gielgud Theatreâ€™s stalls bar following the exciting first preview of a reimagined Company.
The landmark musical about sex and friendship in New York City, by Sondheim and George Furth, has had a sex change. The lead part of Bobby is now Bobbie; and sheâ€™s played by Rosalie Craig.
Patti LuPone and Stephen Sondheim seen in Gielgud Theatreâ€™s stalls bar following the exciting first preview of a reimagined Company
Other parts originally played by women are now taken by men, while LuPone plays one of the original ladies who lunch. The show comes from the award-winning team of director Marianne Elliott and producer Chris Harper.
Sondheim and Elliott have a lot of finessing to do before the official opening on October 16. In the rush to get the show on, one number (Tick Tock) was omitted. Itâ€™s going in from tomorrow.
Stand by for Abba fab party nightsÂ
Abba singer-songwriter Bjorn Ulvaeus has enjoined fellow Scandinavian Sandi Toksvig (UK-based for years) to write the British version of Mamma Mia The Party, an immersive show featuring Abba songs, dinner, dancing, a fountain and Nikosâ€™ Taverna (modelled after the Greek one in the Mamma Mia films).
There will be five musicians and eight actors. Audiences at the venue â€” a remodelled nightclub within the 02 â€” will be able to sing along and enjoy a knees-up. Ouzo will be served at table, and there will be themed bars.
Sandi Toksvig (pictured) has been asked to help write the British version of Mamma Mia The Party, an immersive show featuring Abba songs, dinner and dancing
Ulvaeus told me that Mamma Mia The Party has been running in Stockholm for two and a half years. Thereâ€™s a choice of five dishes on the menu, which will be served on platters. â€˜There are tables for four and upwards, and people will share,â€™ said Ulvaeus, adding that around 500 people will be seated at each performance.
He said that the table sharing has â€˜led to some romances in Swedenâ€™.
Ulvaeus also told me that he has spent â€˜happy hoursâ€™ with Toksvig developing a Brit storyline; and he plans to consult the Great British Bake Off presenter about the menu. â€˜Sandiâ€™s Sundae (Greek style)!,â€™ he joked.
Around 22 of the groupâ€™s classic songs, plus a few less well known ones, will feature in the event, which will start at the 02 late next spring.
Visit mammamiatheparty.com/gb/en/ for London ticket info.
King Jon put on his crown for HamiltonÂ
The King is abdicating â€” long live the new monarch.
Michael Jibson, who won an Olivier Award for his wicked portrait of George III in the acclaimed Lin-Manuel Miranda musical Hamilton at the Victoria Palace, is leaving the show in November after a yearâ€™s run.
The hip-hop sensation tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of Americaâ€™s founding fathers.
Jon Robyns (left) willÂ play the king who lost America from early December whileÂ Allyson Ava-Brown (right) has been cast as Angelica Schuyler
Jon Robyns will take over Jibsonâ€™s crown and play the king who lost America, from early December.
Jamael Westman will continue in the title role, though he will take a break between December 17 and January 12, when Ash Hunter will portray the rapping statesman.
Giles Terera, who won an Olivier (best leading actor in a musical) for playing Aaron Burr, is also leaving the show. He will be replaced by Sifiso Mazibuko.
But Tarinn Callender, Rachelle Ann Go, Jason Pennycooke and Cleve September are all staying on at the Victoria Palace.
Allyson Ava-Brown (right) has been cast as Angelica Schuyler while Dom Hartley-Harris will play George Washington.
Death becomes her as Jodie eyes Poirot
Jodie Comer, so good as Russian super assassin Villanelle in first-rate BBC drama Killing Eve (you can watch all eight episodes on BBC iPlayer), is in early talks to join the all-star cast of Kenneth Branaghâ€™s version of Agatha Christieâ€™s Death On The Nile.
Jodie Comer has found fame playingÂ Russian super assassin Villanelle in BBC drama Killing Eve
It follows the filmmakerâ€™s Murder On The Orient Express. Branagh will once again direct and play Hercule Poirot: he of the luxurious mustache and â€˜little grey cellsâ€™.
Armie Hammer is also in discussions to join the project, while Tom Bateman â€” who helped Branaghâ€™s Poirot solve the last murder, is likely to join the voyage. Ms Comer, along with Sandra Oh, Fiona Shaw and Sean Delaney, are already filming season two of Killing Eve.