Matthew Vaughn’s Upcoming Spy Thriller ‘Argylle’ Is Building An Impressive A-List Cast

Matthew Vaughn has a long career in Hollywood as a producer/director/writer. Most recently, he directed/wrote the Kingsman: The Secret Service, as well as the Kingsman: The Golden Circle. He was also the mastermind behind Kick-Ass.

So yeah, the dude has lots of talent, and you know what that means? He can attract a-list actors. His latest project, Argylle, is building a truly impressive cast.

It’s being reported that Henry Cavill, Samuel L. Jackson, Sam Rockwell, Bryce Dallas Howard, Bryan Cranston and Catherine O’Hara will star in the film, which is planned to be the start of a franchise.

It’s based on the debut novel of the same name by first-time author Ellie Conway.

The film (and book) will follow the globe-trotting adventures of a super-spy named Argylle across the U.S., London and other exotic locations. Pop singer Dua Lipa will provide music for the title track and score as well as making her acting debut in the feature.

Vaughn loves the spy world, so you know he’s excited about this. In fact, he believes it’ll reinvent 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. This is going to reinvent the spy genre.

The novel will hit shelves next year, while filming on the project will start in August. It’s looking like this movie could be released summer/fall 2022.

Lupita Nyong’o And Jessica Chastain’s Spy Thriller ‘The 355’ Pushed Back A Year

Back at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018, Universal Pictures purchased domestic distribution rights for ‘The 355‘ for a cool $20 million.

The female-led heist thriller stars Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o and Diane Kruger.

The globe-trotting espionage thriller follows a group of international spies — a brigade that also includes Penelope Cruz and Fan Bingbing — who team up to stop a potentially world-altering event. Together, the five women form a faction called ‘355,’ a nod to the assembly of female spies that united during the American Revolution

It was supposed to hit theaters on January 15, 2021, but thanks to the pandemic, it has been pushed back one year, to January 14, 2022.

You have to believe that was a tough decision for the studio, considering they’ve been sitting on this movie for a couple years. Now they have to wait another year.

But after paying $20 million for it, they want to make sure theaters are fully open when they finally decide to release it. If all goes according to plan, things should be at least 90% normal come Summer 2021, so the release date changes should begin to slow down.

We’ll probably see a few more, with films that were rescheduled to be released in January or February, but everything after March/April should be good to go.

Idris Elba And Simon Kinberg’s Upcoming Spy Thriller Finds A Home At Apple

Another big win for Apple this week. They just came out on top in the bidding war for Idris Elba and Simon Kinberg’s untitled spy thriller.

Elba will star/produce. Kinberg also joins as a producer, and he really loves the spy genre because he has two other spy related films in development.

Travon Free wrote the script. He’s best known for his work at The Daily Show and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.

Not much is known about this flick, but we do know it’s a “spy movie with romance” which is pretty vague. I feel like most films have a touch of romance in them.

But apparently the script is really good because the bidding war for this project was described as intense. Multiple studios wanted this thing. Of course, that could be because Elba is attached to star, but how do you think Elba became involved? The script had to be good!

So really, congrats to Free. This is a pretty big deal. No word on when this project will be released, but it’ll likely start filming sometime next year.