The new adventure begins when a cyberattack reveals the identities of all active undercover agents in Britain, leaving Johnny English as the secret service’s last hope. Called out of retirement, English dives headfirst into action with the mission 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.
Initial release: October 12, 2018 (United Kingdom)
Director: David Kerr
Distributed by: Universal Pictures
Producers: Rowan Atkinson, Raphaël Benoliel, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Chris Clark
Production companies: Universal Pictures, StudioCanal, Working Title Films
Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. Johnny English is arguably none of these, but you can not say he does not try.
This follow up to 2003’s spy spoof Johnny English and 2011’s Johnny English Reborn will see our accidental hero face two opponents: a criminal hacker and modern technology.
Here’s everything you need to know about the clumsy secret agent’s upcoming call out of retirement …
Seven years after the events of Reborn, accident-prone Johnny English has retired from spying and is enjoying the quiet life of a teacher (with unconventional teaching methods). But after a hacker unveils the identities of all active British undercover agents, MI7 calls English for help. He is the Secret Service’s last hope – unfortunately.
Johnny English, along with sidekick Bough and a new array of high-tech weapons, are sent to a mission to the south of France in search of the cybercriminal. The two are sure to bumble their way to victory.
Rowan Atkinson returns as the inept Johnny English. He’s of course best known for his iconic characters Mr Bean (who even appeared during the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics) and Blackadder.
After his no-show in the second film, Ben Miller makes his comeback as Johnny English’s loyal sidekick, Angus Bough. Miller recently appeared as Colonel Lancaster in Paddington 2.
They will be joined by iconic film star Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility, Saving Mr Banks, Harry Potter), who will appear as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, along with Olga Kurylenko – AKA Bond girl Camille Montes in Quantum of Solace – as Ophelia, and Adam James (Doctor Foster) as Pegasus.
Pippa Bennett-Warner will also feature as the character Lesley, Jake Lacy as Jason, Miranda Hennessy as Tara and Irena Tyshyna as Viola Lynch. Other confirmed co-stars are David Mumeni, Tuncay Gunes, Samantha Russell, Nick Owenford and Junichi Kajioka.
Rowan Atkinson is not dead.
And yet to hoax news story claiming that the 63-year-old died is circulating online.
The fake story is titled FOX BREAKING NEWS with a play button in the middle to make it look like a video clip, and can be found on social media sites like Facebook.
It claims the actor – who is very much alive – died in 2017.
When users click the ‘play’ button, they are taken to a fake ‘Security Error’ page which says their computer is blocked and to unlock it, they must ring to customer support number.
On the other end of the line, scammers will try to trick you into handing over your personal details, like name and address, and bank details.
According to Hoax Slayer, a website dedicated to exposing internet cons, you might also be redirected to a ‘survey’ website that instructs you to supply personal details like your name, home address, email and phone number in return for the chance to win a prize
Rumours of the actor’s untimely demise were first in 2016, and reasons for his fake death included taking his own life, and dying while trying to save an actor’s life on set.
Atkinson will be reprising his role as Johnny English for the comedy film sequel, Johnny English Strikes Again.
The movie is set to play in the cinema in October 2018.