Casting News: ‘Kingsman’ Sequel Lands Channing Tatum, Michael Keaton In Talks For ‘Spider-Man’ Villain

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Jump Street Star Channing Tatum has signed on for a role in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and Spotlight’s Michael Keaton is in talks to play a villain in the Spider-Man reboot.


In recent years, Channing Tatum has established himself as a very capable actor, from starring in dramatic roles in films such Foxcatcher (2014) opposite Steve Carell, to carrying big time action-comedy franchise Jump Street alongside Jonah Hill, the 35-year-old continues to build upon his reputation in Hollywood.

Following the success Of 2014’s much loved action adventure film Kingsman: The Secret Service, it was more than likely that the sequel would look to expand the series’ cast to include more characters and cameo roles, giving fans even more to be excited about. The addition of Tatum makes a lot of sense, given his proven talent in action and comedy parts, and adding more talent to your project is never a bad idea.

With the first film having raked in just over a whopping $412 million from a mere $81 million budget, Sony will be pulling all the stops to ensure that its sequel, titled Kingsman: The Golden Circle, will attract even more public attention, and announcing Tatum’s involvement is not a bad start.

Stars Taron Egerton, Colin Firth and Mark Strong are set to reprise their roles, with the film scheduled for a June 25th, 2017 release.


Batman, Beetlejuice and Birdman star Michael Keaton experienced an almighty resurgence in his career following his performance in the aforementioned 2014 Academy Award winning film Birdman, which saw the experienced costumed-hero veteran  take on yet another superhero character, or rather play a man who used to act as one. Unlike his character in that film however, it seems Keaton is not in fact finished with comic book properties as the news comes from Variety that he is in talks to play an as yet unspecified villain in Sony‘s Spider-Man reboot titled Spider-Man: Homecoming (Official logo shown above).

The news follows speculation, thanks to a rumour put out by Birth.Death.Movies, that Sony may have chosen Vulture as the first villain for Tom Holland‘s young Spidey to face, which, if Keaton were to play said role, would be quite an odd coincidence given the similarity to the Birdman character previously mentioned. Of course, we must always take rumours with a grain of salt, as nothing official has been stated by the studio, but it does seem an interesting move that could make or break the franchise at such an early stage. To suggest that Keaton won’t give a solid performance in the role at this point is not something we’re going to do, it’s more to do with the choice of character. But alas, we know that Marvel‘s film chief Kevin Feige is very much involved with the creative process for Spider-Man, and that puts our mind at rest.

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Vulture As Depicted In Marvel Comics

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Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theatres July 28th, 2017.

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Sources: Variety, Birth.Death.Movies

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