The Oscar-winning film The King’s Speech will reportedly have a sequel with Colin Firth reprising his role as King George VI.
According to The Sun, stars Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter have all signed on for the sequel, as well as the film’s director Tom Hooper. The new movie would take place during the Blitz of World War II and showcase the different experiences of the British classes during the crisis. A source has reportedly said, “The focus will be on George but it will also show how the whole royal household was affected. There’s still amazing interest in the Blitz.” The source also revealed that the film “is still in the very early stages but everyone’s keen to get going soon.”
The King’s Speech, which focused on King George VI’s struggle to overcome a stammer, was critically acclaimed and won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Colin Firth) and Best Original Screenplay at the 2011 Academy Awards. Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter were also nominated for their supporting roles.
The news hasn’t been made official yet, but it’s probably safe to say that the new installment will quickly gain early Oscar buzz if it’s confirmed.