Henry Cavill, Bryce Dallas Howard and Samuel L. Jackson have signed on for Matthew Vaughn‘s upcoming big-budget spy film, Argylle.
They join Sam Rockwell, Bryan Cranston, Catherine O’Hara and John Cena as part of a stacked cast for a film that will also include original music from Dua Lipa.
The film is being adapted from the as-yet-unreleased novel of the same name by Ellie Conway. The story revolves around the adventures of the world’s greatest spy caught up in a globe-trotting adventure.
The film will is the first of three planned installments, each being set in a number of worldwide locations. Vaughn will direct the film from a script penned by Jason Fuchs (Wonder Woman).
Obviously this sounds very 007, which isn’t particularly surprising considering the character’s influence on the spy genre. “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,” said Vaughn in a statement. “This is going to reinvent the spy genre”.
With the novel not out yet it’s hard to know exactly how Argylle is going to reinvent the genre, but Vaughn certainly has a talented enough cast to do so.
If MARV, the UK studio behind the film, is looking for a Bond imitator, they’ve probably hired the right director, as Vaughn previously directed the Kingsman movies – Bond homages themselves – as well as tough British crime film Layer Cake. Plus he also has experience with blockbusters in the form of X-Men: First Class and Kick-Ass.
Zygi Kamasa, CEO of MARV said in a statement: “We are delighted that we will be starting our fourth, and by far the biggest, feature film production since the start of the global pandemic. It demonstrates both our desire to scale up our production activity and our ambition to continue to launch new franchises beyond the Kingsman series of films”.
Cavill just signed on to reprise his role in the Enola Holmes sequel, while Howard will next be seen in Jurassic World: Dominion. Jackson has starred in Spiral: From The Book Of Saw and The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard this year, and is currently in post-production on action-thriller The Protégé and animated adventure comedy Blazing Samurai.
Argylle is scheduled to begin filming in August. Hopefully we’ll soon get more plot info and a better idea of why this film has a chance to reinvent the spy genre.