The King’s Man: Release date, cast, plot and trailer


Harris Dickinson, Rhys Ifans, Tom Hollander, Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton and Charles Dance at the King's Man premiere

The cast of The King’s Man, (L-R) Harris Dickinson, Rhys Ifans, Tom Hollander, Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton and Charles Dance (Picture: Getty)

It’s been a bumper year for spy films, from the latest outing of Bond in No Time to Die (which has recently been announced as a frontrunner in the Oscars 2022 shortlist) to the Black Widow Marvel prequel.

The year might nearly be over, but there’s still time for more espionage action – and this time, it’s suitably suave.

The third instalment in the Kingsman film series, which is based on the comic book The Secret Service by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, The King’s Man serves as a prequel to the earlier films in the franchise, including 2014’s Kingsman: The Secret Service and 2017’s Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming film, including what it’s about, who’s in the cast and when it’s out in cinemas…

What is The King’s Man about?

The prequel film focuses on several events during World War I and the birth of the Kingsman organisation.

The Kingsman are a private intelligence service founded by British elite who lost their heirs in World War I and put their money towards protecting the world.

The organisation takes its name for the tailor shop that clothed them in Savile Row, which they now use as a front for their bases.

Who is in The King’s Man?

An ensemble cast of some of Britain’s biggest film stars and other Hollywood favourites, The King’s Man stars the likes of Ralph Fiennes, Stanley Tucci and Charles Dance.

Ralph Fiennes as Orlando Oxford  

Ralph Fiennes at The King's Man premiere

Ralph Fiennes will play the dapper spy who started it all (Picture: Getty)

Colonel Thomas Edward Lawrence, also known as Orlando Oxford, is a British archaeologist, army officer, diplomat, and writer.

In the earlier Kingsman films, he was renowned for his role in the Arab Revolt and the Sinai and Palestine Campaign against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War – something which is likely going to be shown in this prequel.

Fiennes is best known for portraying Voldemort in the Harry Potter films as well as being Oscar nominated for Schindler’s List and The English Patient.

Gemma Arterton as Polly Wilkins

Gemma is no stranger to spy films, having starred in James Bond’s Quantum of Solace (Picture: Getty)

Polly is a key member of the group, which would become the Kingsman organisation, assembled by Orlando Oxford (Ralph Fiennes) to tackle secret threats during the conflict.

Arterton has previously starred in Quantum of Solace and Made in Dagenham.

Tom Hollander as King George, Kaiser Wilhelm and Tsar Nicholas

Tom Hollander is a busy man, playing multiple historical figures in the prequel (Picture: Getty)

Pulling double – nay, triple – duty, Tom Hollander plays a trio of real-life historical figures.

He plays:

  • George V – King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India, from May 1910 until his death in 1936
  • Kaiser Wilhelm – sometimes known as William II, Wilhelm was the last German Emperor and King of Prussia, reigning from June 1888 until his abdication in November 1918
  • Tsar Nicholas – the last Emperor of Russia, King of Congress Poland and Grand Duke of Finland, ruling from November 1894 until his abdication on March 15, 1917

He is known for roles in About Time, the Pirates of the Caribbean, In the Loop and Bohemian Rhapsody.

Rhys Ifans as Grigori Rasputin

Rasputin was a Russian mystic and self-proclaimed holy man who befriended the last emperor of Russia, and gained considerable influence in late Imperial Russia.

Rasputin is the centre of many a legend, from allegedly having mystic powers and eyes able to hypnotise to surviving several assassination attempts that saw him poisoned, beaten, shot and dumped in a freezing river.

Ifans is best known for starring in Notting Hill and Spider-Man: No Way Home.

(L-R) Ralph Fiennes, Djimon Hounsou, Harris Dickinson and Rhys Ifans (Picture: Getty Images)

The film also includes Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick Ass), Djimon Hounsou (Captain Marvel), Stanley Tucci (The Devil Wears Prada), Daniel Brühl (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier) and Alison Steadman (Gavin and Stacey).

When is The King’s Man released?

Fans looking for a post-Christmas pick-me-up are in for a treat – The King’s Man is released in UK cinemas on Boxing Day (December 26).

Fans have had quite the wait for the prequel – the film was delayed several times from its original November 2019 release date as the world contended with the Covid pandemic.

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