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Friday 26 December 2014

Firth spies Secret Service role

Colin Firth is reportedly in the frame for Matthew Vaughn's secret agent film
Colin Firth is reportedly in the frame for Matthew Vaughn's secret agent film

Colin Firth could be returning to the espionage world for The Secret Service.

The Oscar-winning King's Speech star is said to be in talks to play a secret agent opposite Liam Neeson in the spy movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The 52-year-old actor, who previously played a spy in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, is tipped to take a role in Matthew Vaughn's new project, which is based on a comic book which Matthew has co-created with Mark Millar.

Matthew, who will direct, produce and finance the film, has also co-written the screenplay with his X-Men: First Class writer Jane Goldman.

"This is James Bond meets My Fair Lady," Mark told The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog in April 2012.

The Secret Service, a six-issue mini-series, tells the story of a boy from London's rough neighbourhoods who gets recruited by his uncle into a British spy school of the sort that churns out suave, sophisticated gentlemen-agent types in the 007 mould.

Aaron Johnson, who played a wannabe superhero in Kick-Ass, was reportedly pursued to play the boy but was unavailable.

Colin, who received an Oscar for his performance as the stuttering King George VI in Tom Hooper's The King's Speech, will next star in war film The Railway Man opposite Nicole Kidman and drama Arthur Newman with Emily Blunt.

He is also attached to crime drama Devil's Knot, which is based on the true story of three teenagers who were sentenced to life in prison after being falsely accused of killing three young boys.

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