Will the real Agent Argylle please stand up?
The trailer for Apple TV+ film “Argylle,” directed by Matthew Vaughn, centers on reclusive writer Elly Conway (Bryce Dallas Howard), whose spy action hero Argylle (Henry Cavill) seemingly comes to life.
The stranger-than-fiction twist, reminiscent of “The Lost City,” leads Elly on a series of adventures with very real spies, led by Sam Rockwell, as her novel hits too close to their reality. Bryan Cranston, John Cena, Catherine O’Hara, Dua Lipa, Ariana DeBose, and Samuel L. Jackson also star.
For “Barbie” fans, “Argylle” marks a reunion between fellow ensemble cast members Dua Lipa and Cena, who played the mermaid and merman dolls.
“Argylle” follows the globe-trotting adventures of super-spy Argylle across the U.S., London, and other exotic locations.
Jason Fuchs wrote the script for the Apple Original Film and Universal feature; Fuchs adapted the film from a yet-to-be-released novel. Director Vaughn, who previously helmed “Layer Cake,” “Kick-Ass,” and the “Kingsman” trilogy, expands the spy genre with the film.
Vaughn told Collider in 2021 that he read a preview copy of “Argylle” during the pandemic lockdown and was determined to adapt it to the big screen. “Argylle” later turned into Vaughn’s most expensive film to date.
“I just couldn’t stop laughing reading it because it had captured a side to me about those ’80s movies,” Vaughn said. “It’s sort of a mixture of ‘Die Hard,’ ‘Romancing the Stone,’ ‘Lethal Weapon.’ It’s just fun. If people think ‘Kingsman’ was fun…this is on a different level where.”
Vaughn continued, “The set pieces got bigger and bigger and bigger, and I had zero discipline trying to keep it small. So, it’s now huge. It’s now actually the most expensive movie I’ve made. It’s more expensive than ‘The Kingsman,’ which is ridiculous.”
“Argylle” is produced by Cloudy Productions and Vaughn’s collaborators Adam Bohling and David Reid, plus screenwriter Fuchs. Zygi Kamasa, Carlos Peres, Claudia Vaughn and Adam Fishbach serve as executive producers.
“Argylle” premieres in theaters February 2 from Universal and Apple and will be available to stream on Apple TV+ later in 2024. Check out the trailer below.