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The new King’s Man trailer reveals a mysterious new villain

And a lot more of Rasputin fighting

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The official trailer for the Kingsman series prequel The King’s Man showcases exactly what viewers have come to expect from director Matthew Vaughn, i.e. exaggerated action, stiff-but-caring Englishmen, and quips. The new footage also reveals another key element: a mysterious, dramatic villain.

Most of the key players in the new film, which explains the origins of the Kingsman secret service, are clear to see, such as Oxford (Ralph Fiennes), Polly (Gemma Arterton), Shola (Djimon Hounsou), and newcomer Conrad (Harris Dickinson). The man leading the villains, however, is seen only in shadows, and wearing a distinctive gold signet ring. His followers, including Rasputin (Rhys Ifans), refer to him as the “Shepherd,” but exactly who he is — and who he’s played by — remains a mystery. His motives, however, are clear: He wants to start a world war, which, given the characters involved (Daniel Brühl as Felix Yusupov, Tom Hollander as George V, Wilhelm II, and Nicholas II), unfortunately may be successful.

The film was set to hit theaters this February, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is now set to debut in theaters on Sept. 28.

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