His licence renewed. His intelligence restricted. Yes, Johnny English is back and here are the facts…
Spoilers to follow.
What’s it about?
Last time we saw Agent English – seven years ago in Johnny English Reborn – he made the mistake of accidentally attacking the Queen. But how does one come back from that?
When a cyber attack reveals the identity of all active undercover agents in Britain, the hapless English is brought out of retirement to find the mastermind hacker.
As a man with few skills and analogue methods, Johnny English must overcome the challenges of modern technology to make this mission a success.
Expect international antics, including a trip to France, and a whole lot of tomfoolery.
Who’s in it?
Best known internationally for his similarly dopey Mr. Bean, Rowan Atkinson returns to play Johnny English in the film, marking his third turn in the role.
Ben Miller is the only other acting returnee to the franchise, once again co-staring as Angus Bough, English’s field partner. Miller missed out on the second film after his scene was cut but is definitely in this one.
A slightly less A-list line up than the previous films – which boasted the likes of John Malkovich, Gillian Anderson and Rosamund Pike – also features Adam James, Olga Kurylenko and Jake Lacy.
Watch out for Emma Thompson too, who appears as the British Prime Minister. Thompson’s husband Greg Wise was in the original Johnny English back in 2003, whilst her involvement was kept top secret throughout filming.
Who’s made it?
Atkinson has teamed up with the producers of the previous film, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Chris Clark, to lead Johnny English Strikes Again‘s creative team.
David Kerr, however, is the film’s all new director. Kerr is best known for his work in top TV comedy dramas, from Inside No. 9 to Fresh Meat.
First film writer William Davies has penned the film, with BRIT award-winning composer Howard Goodall behind the score.
Cinematography comes courtesy of Mortdecai and A Quiet Passion‘s Florian Hoffmeister, with editing by Tony Cranstoun (Love, Rosie) and Mark Everson (Paddington 2)
When’s it out?
Johnny English will strike cinemas again on 5 October. Before then, why not check out our list of five great alternative spy films.
Watch the trailer here: