Ralph Fiennes Takes On Dirty Deeds And Headbutts A Goat In The King’s Man Trailer

By Michileen Martin | 57 mins ago

Ralph Fiennes, The King's Man

We’re about to find out how it all began. The long-delayed prequel film The King’s Man, starring Ralph Fiennes as one of the founders of the secret service of the Kingsman films, is finally almost here. A new hilarious and exciting trailer was just released today, a month from the film’s theatrical premiere.

Longer than the previous trailers for the prequel, the new preview gives us the trademark stylized action, merciless violence, and twisted humor Kingsman fans have come to expect. Along with featuring Ralph Fiennes’ Orlando, Duke of Oxford nearly getting head butted off the side of a mountain by a goat, the trailer shows Djimon Hounsou’s Shola and Gemma Arterton’s Polly locking horns with all kinds of bad guys, including the dreadful Rasputin (Rhys Ifans). It all unfolds to the iconic title track of AC/DC’s 1976 album Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. You can see the trailer below.

While the first two Kingsman films take place in the present day, The King’s Man is set to the backdrop of World War I. The official synopsis for the film tells us Ralph Fiennes’ Orlando and his allies are racing to stop “history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds” from engineering a war for their own profit, suggesting in the Kingsman‘s alternate history World War I is the outcome of this criminal conspiracy. It will also show us exactly how the world’s first independent secret service came into being.

In 2012 Kick-Ass writer Mark Millar and Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons collaborated on the 6-issue comic book miniseries Secret Service. Two years later Kingsman: The Secret Service hit theaters starring Colin Firth and Taron Egerton. In 2017 came the sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle and now what was just a single adaptation of a comic book is poised to explode into a huge franchise. Last year Zygi Kamasa — CEO of Marv Films, the production company owned by Kingsman co-writer/director Matthew Vaughn — said Vaughn had seven more Kingsman films planned, along with an upcoming TV series. That’s not even counting Ralph Fiennes’ new film.

If the world was a little more just to Kingsman fans, the prequel would’ve hit theaters two years ago. Ralph Fiennes & co. finished filming The King’s Man in 2019 and the movie was set to release that year. Unfortunately, the film was twice delayed — first by Disney’s acquisition of Fox and then, like so many other movies, by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Both of the previous Kingsman films did well at the box office, though the prequel faces a challenge neither of the predecessors did. Ralph Fiennes will hit the big screen in The King’s Man less than a week after Spider-Man: No Way Home premieres — a film that no other feature wants to have to compete with. Regardless, it’s likely to be a busy couple of weeks on red carpets for Rhys Ifans who will appear as villains in both films — he reprises the role of Dr. Curt Connors aka The Lizard in No Way Home.

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Co-written and directed by Matthew Vaughn, The King’s Man hits theaters Wednesday, December 22. The film stars Ralph Fiennes, Harris Dickinson, Gemma Arterton (Prince of Persia), Djimon Hounsou, Rhys Ifans, Daniel Brühl, Stanley Tucci, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Matthew Goode (Watchmen 2009), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), and more.