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Thursday 18 December 2014

Strong: Secret Service mad and bad

Mark Strong plays an agent in The Secret Service
Mark Strong plays an agent in The Secret Service

Mark Strong has teased that director Matthew Vaughn will outdo himself with new film The Secret Service.

The British actor hinted that the upcoming spy adventure, based on Mark Millar's comic book, will be madder than Kick-Ass, which Matthew also directed.

"It's fun and mad and it'll be everything that Kick-Ass was, only more," he said.

Mark stars as one of the secret service agents in the comic book adaptation alongside Sir Michael Caine and Colin Firth. Colin portrays "the world's greatest secret agent", who is training his nephew - played by newcomer Taron Egerton - in the spy business, with Sir Michael cast as the head of the elite spy organisation.

"I play one of the Secret Service with Colin Firth and Michael Caine, and Samuel L Jackson is the bad guy," Mark revealed.

"Colin and I have worked together a few times now so we don't have to do the dance. We know each other's dance steps."

A host of names including Adele, David Beckham, Sir Elton John and Taylor Swift are rumoured to be making cameos in The Secret Service, which has been adapted for the big screen by Matthew and his screenwriting partner Jane Goldman. The film will be released in 2014.

Mark has almost completed work on The Imitation Game, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Enigma codebreaker Alan Turing.

"Benedict is such a professional, he's always very good. He's very good as Alan Turing and I think The Imitation Game is a good script. He'll deliver it," he said.

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