Colin Firth is in talks to star in the Mark Millar comic book adaptation The Secret Service. We reported in March that 20th Century Fox is distributing.

The Oscar-winning actor will play Uncle Jack, an MI6 spy who takes his nephew Gary under his wing to teach him the ropes, in hopes the youngster will change his ways and become an MI6 agent. The role of Gary has yet to be cast. Mark Millar described the story as a cross between James Bond and My Fair Lady.

Matthew Vaughn is directing from a screenplay he wrote with Jane Goldman, based on the Mark Millar comic book series. Our report from last month revealed that Fox is putting this project on the fast track, with an August production start date tentatively scheduled.

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Colin Firth can currently be seen in the indie drama Arthur Newman, which opened in theaters last weekend.