After Bond 25 vacated Valentine’s Day 2020, the spot became available for another studio to place their big film and 20th Century Fox has capitalized on that. Fox has placed Matthew Vaughn’s prequel Kingsman: The Great Game on that release date according to TheHollywoodReporter. The Great Game explores the origins of the Kingsman taking place after WWI as filming is underway at Longcross Studios in the UK.

Game’s fantastic cast includes Oscar-nominee Ralph Fiennes, Harris Dickinson, Gemma Arterton, Daniel Bruhl, Charles Dance, Stanley Tucci, Aaron Johnson, Djimon Hounsou, Matthew Goode, and Tom Hollander. The film’s script was penned by Matthew and his longtime writing partner Jane Goldman, she’s about to begin filming her Game of Thrones prequel series The Long Night in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

HN Entertainment previously revealed that Captain Marvel’s Ben Davis will be the film’s cinematographer, who had worked with Vaughn on the nifty Daniel Craig gangster flick Layer Cake.

The Kingsman franchise is expected to keep its R-rating status after the Disney-Fox merger.

Also, Matthew Vaughn’s former filmmaking partner Guy Ritchie was recently filming a project in the UK, the pair previously worked together on beloved British gangster films such as Lock, Stock, & Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. Ritchie’s latest film Toff Guys focuses on a British drug lord (Strong) tries to sell off his highly profitable empire to a dynasty of Oklahoma billionaires (McConaughey). It’s now reported by TheWrap that STX will handle the film’s US release and the title has been changed to simply Bush.

Bush’s cast is also impressive with Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey, Michelle Dockery, Colin Farrell, Hugh Grant, Henry Golding, Jeremy Strong, and Charlie Hunnman.

A release date for Ritchie’s Bush has yet to be made official, but a 2020 date is expected.

SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER & THE WRAP

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