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Newcomer Beats Emma Watson and Bella Heathcote to Win 'Secret Service' Lead Role

September 6, 2013 (6:30 am) GMT
Sophie Cookson will star alongside Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Firth and fellow newbie Taron Egerton in the spy film based on the Mark Millar comic books.
Newcomer Beats Emma Watson and Bella Heathcote to Win 'Secret Service' Lead Role

Neither nor ends up snatching the female lead role in "The Secret Service" after all. After considering the two actresses, director Matthew Vaughn has changed his mind and cast a newcomer instead. Variety reports that Sophie Cookson has landed the coveted role in the spy movie.

Cookson will team up with another fresh face, , who takes the male lead. This is not the first time though Vaughn opts for newcomers as he previously cast then-relatively unknown and for "". With Johnson and Moretz now being top stars, Vaughn surely hopes Cookson and Egerton will be the next.

Dubbed a 21st century 007, "The Secret Service" is based on the Mark Millar comic books. It is about a veteran secret agent who takes a young upstart under his wing. will play the mentor of Egerton's character, with and taking supporting roles.

There are also rumored cameo appearances from , and , who is said to "have martial arts training in order to convincingly kick Samuel L. Jackson's butt" and reportedly "is also looking forward to working with David Beckham whom she thinks is amazing looking, but taken."

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