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John Boyega was almost cast as the lead in Kingsman: The Secret Service

03.24.2016

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Matthew Vaughn revealed an interesting tidbit of information during a conversation with Empire. While chatting with the magazine for its new issue, Vaughn said he almost cast STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS actor John Boyega as Gary "Eggsy" Unwin in KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE. The director says he was torn between Boyega and Taron Egerton, but ended up going with the latter for the lead role in his spy comedy.

"It was a tough call. Boyega is a fabulous actor, but there’s something about Taron. You have to listen to your instincts about who that role is. John’s probably thinking, 'Thank fuck he didn’t cast me!' because he might never have been in Star Wars!"

As far as casting "what-ifs" go, this one is pretty intriguing, however I think Vaughn made the right call. Although Boyega is a great actor who would have done just fine in the role, Egerton was damn near perfect as Eggsy. And Vaughn is right: Who knows if Boyega would have done THE FORCE AWAKENS if he had been cast in KINGSMAN?

There just might be a Star Wars movie in Egerton's future though. Egerton is one of several actors being eyed to play the young Han Solo in the planned spinoff from directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and he will also start filming soon for KINGSMAN 2, which has been scheduled to open on June 16, 2017.

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Source: Empire

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8:42AM on 03/26/2016
This guy is really beginning to bore me, kinda reminds me of when Sam Worthington was being pushed down our throats.
This guy is really beginning to bore me, kinda reminds me of when Sam Worthington was being pushed down our throats.
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4:27PM on 03/25/2016
Boyega is a shithouse actor.
Boyega is a shithouse actor.
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10:15AM on 03/24/2016
Whoa! We almost had a black spy? First a black storm trooper and now this?! The Internet would have broken if that happened.
Whoa! We almost had a black spy? First a black storm trooper and now this?! The Internet would have broken if that happened.
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10:11AM on 03/24/2016
Already being a fan of Boyega from Attack the Block, I think my anticipation might've been even greater for Kingsman. However, Taron Egerton got the perfect showcase for his talents.
Already being a fan of Boyega from Attack the Block, I think my anticipation might've been even greater for Kingsman. However, Taron Egerton got the perfect showcase for his talents.
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9:50AM on 03/24/2016
I think he would have been great and would have added a bit of humanity to the Eggy character which was something Taron was clearly struggling with.

I say that because Boyega won me over instantly when I first saw him in 24: LAD now imagine my shock when i found out he wasn't American! Any actor who can pull that off and make me care is outstanding in my book.
I think he would have been great and would have added a bit of humanity to the Eggy character which was something Taron was clearly struggling with.

I say that because Boyega won me over instantly when I first saw him in 24: LAD now imagine my shock when i found out he wasn't American! Any actor who can pull that off and make me care is outstanding in my book.
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8:48AM on 03/24/2016

Matthew Vaughn made the right call

John Boyega is a hell of an actor but Taron Egerton killed it in KINGSMAN. He brought a bit more swagger to the role.
John Boyega is a hell of an actor but Taron Egerton killed it in KINGSMAN. He brought a bit more swagger to the role.
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8:41AM on 03/24/2016
Glad Egerton got cast instead since I find Boyega to be a bit annoying.
Glad Egerton got cast instead since I find Boyega to be a bit annoying.
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2:39PM on 03/24/2016
I agree.
I agree.
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