‘The King’s Man’ New Trailer Promises a Spy Romp Set During WWI

by Leanne Stahulak

After several delays, the new prequel film “The King’s Man” from director Matthew Vaughn finally hits theaters this Christmas on Dec. 22.

“The King’s Man” takes place during World War I, and it paints the origin story of the first “independent intelligence agency” in the world. Vaughn already launched two movies set in the “Kingsman” universe, “The Secret Service” and “The Golden Circle.” While those two spy flicks took place in modern England, this film takes us back to the beginning.

According to Screenrant, Ralph Fiennes stars as leading man Orlando, the Duke of Oxford. He works with a protege named Conrad, played by Harris Dickinson. We’ll also see appearances from Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Mathew Goode, Tom Hollander, Daniel Brühl, Djimon Hounsou, and Charles Dance.

The film will follow Fiennes and his group of undercover agents as they work against evil forces propelling World War I. A prominent villain in the film appears to be the Russian mystic man Rasputin, played by Rhys Ifans. There’s also a mysterious, shadowy villain with a strong Scottish accent who we don’t know yet. A smattering of other characters likely have villainous intentions as well if we know anything about this franchise.

In previous “Kingsman” films, good guys have often turned bad, and allies have shown up in the most unlikely of places. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see a number of double-crossings and betrayals happening in this film as well.

The film is rated R for a reason, citing gory violence, sex, and deceit all within the trailers themselves. But “The King’s Man” doesn’t seem to take itself too seriously, drawing into the same humor that fueled the first two films in the series.

Check out the most recent trailer for the film below:

How Many Times was ‘The King’s Man’ Delayed?

The first trailer for “The King’s Man” dropped all the way back in 2019. According to Collider, the filmmakers initially wanted to release the film on November 15, 2019. But for an unknown reason, they pushed it back to February 14, 2020, and then again to September 18, 2020. Those postponements took place before the COVID-19 pandemic even hit.

Once the pandemic shut down movie theaters, “The King’s Man” got postponed again to February 26, 2021. But with the pandemic still raging, filmmakers just kept pushing and pushing it back. Now, with this latest trailer, they’ve solidified the December 22, 2021 release date.

So, we have exactly one month until we can see “The King’s Man” on the big screen. While it will have an only theatrical release, the window is limited to 45 days before it hit streaming services. But based on the success of the first two films and the two-year delay, it’s bound to be a hit.