KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE Poster Teases The Surprising Return of a Character

Spoilers for Kingsman: The Secret Service ahead.

Almost immediately after Kingsman: The Secret Service became a surprise hit last year, talk of a sequel began, and one of the things director Matthew Vaughn said was that he was working on ways to get Colin Firth's Harry Hart character to return, despite killing him off in brutal fashion with a point-blank headshot in the first movie. Some time went by, and THR released a report about a month ago that mentioned their sources told them that idea had been thrown out altogether and that Firth wouldn't be coming back. 

But today, actor Taron Egerton took to Twitter to share the new poster for Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and it's pretty damn obvious that it refers to Firth's return:

When I heard the recent report that Firth wouldn't be back to reprise his role, I must admit that I felt a little relieved. Don't get me wrong, I loved his character in the first movie, but Vaughn's going to have to come up with a stroke of genius for audiences to be able to buy the fact that Harry survived that gunshot wound. It will also do The Avengers/Coulson thing and retroactively robs the first movie of some of the impact of that moment upon rewatching it, so I hope it's worth it. Vaughn did an excellent job with the first movie, so I have my fingers crossed that he'll be able to knock it out of the park again with the sequel. With people like Julianne Moore and Halle Berry along for the ride this time, hopefully that'll make it a little easier for him.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle hits theaters on June 16, 2017.

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