Starting one original spy franchise clearly wasn’t enough for Kingsman director Matthew Vaughn as now he’s gathered an all-star cast for his new film franchise, Argylle.
Henry Cavill, Sam Rockwell, Bryce Dallas Howard, Bryan Cranston, Catherine O’Hara, John Cena and Samuel L. Jackson are all set to appear in the spy thriller led by filmmakers UK based Studio MARV.
According to Variety, MARV has already set out to release three films on the books based on the debut novel of the same name by first-time author Ellie Conway.
If you have never heard of these books, then not to worry because they’re not even released yet. They plan to be published next year, with the film set to start filming in Europe this August with a 2022 release date.
Both the book and the film follows the globe-trotting adventures of a super-spy named Argylle across the US, London and other exotic locations. Dua Lipa will not only provide the music, and no doubt an incredible theme song, and will make her acting debut in the film.
When discussing the project, Vaughn revealed, “When I read this early draft manuscript I felt it was the most incredible and original spy franchise since Ian Fleming’s books of the ’50s,” adding, “This is going to reinvent the spy genre.”
This says to me, that unless something happens in the short term, Cavill is moving on from Superman (which utterly sucks because I LOVED his Man of Steel) and means he is entirely out of the running to be the new James Bond.
Speaking of Bond, while audiences and film pundits thought Kingsman was Vaughn’s attempt of 007. It’s clear this is what he was waiting for, even mentioning Fleming and will give audiences a view into what a Matthew Vaughn Bond film would’ve been like.
Interestingly, it’s not stated who’s playing the leading actor, but it’s likely to be Cavill, yet I won’t be surprised if it’s Howard. Additionally, I hope the casting of Howard and with MARV planning three films could mean the Jurassic World star will be helming a future movie as her directed Mandalorian episodes have been my favourites.
As someone who loves the spy action thriller genre, I’m glad we’re getting more joining the likes of Bond and Mission: Impossible. I hope this means studios will look into what they can do, especially Universal and making sequels to Atomic Blonde.
Finally, no studio is attached meaning there must be a bidding war currently happening and with Amazon now having the rights to EoN and Bond. I can see three studios battling it out, Disney (under their 20th Century Studio banner), Apple (they need a franchise to get the ball rolling on gaining more subscriptions) and Warner Bros (what a sign of intent of the future post-WB/Discovery merger).
I’m sure we’ll hear something in the next coming days.