Par Manon Marcillat

The third installment in the franchise won't be requiring the services of Eggsy.

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Taron Egerton, the actor who played Eggsy, the high-powered spy from the Kingsman agency, in the first two installments of the saga, is hanging up his costume. The actor himself broke the news to Yahoo UK, saying:

"I think I’m allowed to say it, but I’m not in the next Kingsman movie. […] I was with Matthew [Vaughn] as little as a few days ago, we’re still very much in business together, but his next journey in that world doesn’t involve me. His idea for the new [film] is incredibly exciting. I’m sad that I won’t be on that journey with him."

The character's absence is due to the plot of this new installment, entitled "The Great Game", which will be a prequel spin-off. This third movie will introduce us to the character Conrad, played by Harris Dickinson (The Darkest Minds), the son of a British duke, who wants to help his country during the First World War. A certain spy agency, known as Kingsman, will give him a way to do so. 

Given the direction of the new plot, it's logical that Eggsy won't be appearing in this latest film. We don't yet know what the fate of Harry Hart, the spy played by Colin Firth, will be either.

Taron Egerton has reassured fans of the franchise, ending his interview with an enigmatic: "but it’s not the last you’ve seen of Eggsy". Perhaps he'll be hired for the project to make a Kingsman series, which is currently in the pipeline.