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The King's Man Trailer Shows the Birth of the Kingsmen...and a Sword-Fighting Rasputin

Go, Rasputin...I mean don’t, because you’re a bad guy.
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That magical dude with the talking bat has nothing on this guy. The first trailer is here for The King’s Man, the turn-of-the-century prequel to the Kingsman series.


Not only do we get Ralph Fiennes in what may be the role he was born for, but we also see a sexy Grigori Rasputin (Rhys Ifans) spinning around in a beautiful pirouette of deadly swordsmanship. We literally need nothing else in life.

Taking place in the early 1900s, The King’s Man is about a collection of history’s worst villains (like Rasputin) coming together to plan a war that could wipe out millions of people. It’s unclear whether this war is tied to World War I, or whether it’s something even bigger and deadlier. The Duke of Oxford (Fiennes) and his new protégé Conrad (Harris Dickinson) have to work together to stop this threat, leading to the creation of the Secret Service agency otherwise known as the Kingsmen.


The King’s Man, directed by Matthew Vaughn, is the first in a series of planned “expanded universe” films in the Kingsman franchise (originally titled Kingsman: The Great Game). It also stars Djimon Hounsou, Gemma Arterton, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Harris Dickinson, Charles Dance, Daniel Brühl, and Rhys Ifans as sexy Rasputin.

The film arrives in theaters on February 14, 2020. Romantic.

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It’s unclear whether this war is tied to World War I,

Well, it’s names Ralph Fiennes character as TE Lawrence (he of Arabia fame), so, yeah, WW1 seems a lock.

Also Gemma Arterton is apparently Mata Hari...