Daniel Brühl, Charles Dance Join Kingsman Prequel

The early history of the Kingsman will be filled with some familiar faces.

Daniel Brühl (Captain America: Civil War) and Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) are confirmed to be taking part in the forthcoming prequel to the action-packed spy thriller series. According to Collider, veteran actor Rhys Ifans is also in talks to join the cast.

The Kingsman series has been in flux as of late. We recently reported that director Matthew Vaughn's plan to move ahead with Kingsman 3 had been put on hold in favor of the prequel (which may or not be titled Kingsman: The Great Game). Series star Taron Egerton confirmed that he will not make an appearance in the prequel, which will focus on the early days of the Secret Service in the 19th century. Instead, Harris Dickinson (The Darkest Minds) is on board to star as a young man named Conrad who is enlisted into the Kingsman — par for the series' course — by an older, seasoned agent who will be portrayed by the great Ralph Fiennes.

With this latest news, it appears that Vaughn is quite serious about front-loading the prequel with some top shelf talent. Brühl made a name for himself playing heavies in such films as The Bourne Ultimatum and Inglorious Basterds before helping Marvel Studios break the box office with his role as Zemo in Captain America: Civil War, one of the more well-regarded villainous turns in the MCU. Dance, whose filmography is a mile long, has recently appeared in the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot and this year's Johnny English Strikes Again — but he's perhaps best-known for his role as Tywin Lannister in HBO's massively popular Game of Thrones.

As for Ifans, the Welshman is a television vet who is probably most familiar to film audiences as Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard in 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man and as Xenophilius Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. He's currently starring on the Epix series Berlin Station, and is also busy shooting the comedy-drama feature Misbehaviour with Keira Knightley, Keeley Hawes and Greg Kinnear.

With an eight-hour Kingsman television series and a feature focused on the Statesman — the American branch of the Secret Service featured in Kingsman: The Golden Circle — also on tap, fans of the series have plenty to look forward to. Although he won't be involved, Egerton has gone on record saying that Vaughn's story for the prequel is "incredibly exciting," and if an 1800's version of the gadget-packing, butt-kicking Secret Service doesn't perk up your ears, well, we're just not sure what to tell you.

Of course, nothing in the way of plot details or release dates for these still-brewing projects have yet been divulged — but rest assured, we will have our finger on the pulse of all things Kingsman. As for the prequel, get out your calendar: the old-timey superspy actioner will hit screens on November 9, 2019.