Booking up streaming releases is becoming more routine for the biggest names in Hollywood as the industry focuses more on the number of successful services that are part of the streaming war. The latest massive streaming deal involves Kingsman filmmaker Matthew Vaughn’s upcoming spy thriller Argylle, which will star Henry Cavill and Jurassic World’s Bryce Dallas Howard.
Apple Original Films is the studio behind a $200 million deal for Argylle, which will introduce “the world’s greatest spy” in a globe-trotting adventure. Deadline has learned that the major streaming deal that is close to being wrapped up was made in the hopes of Argylle becoming a major franchise for Apple TV+.
For years, Henry Cavill has been one major actor fans have named as their favorite for the next James Bond. And even the Man of Steel star shared he would “jump at the opportunity” to be part of the 007 legacy. These days, it looks like Cavill will be part of his own version of a suave spy hero, and the cast is absolutely loaded.
Alongside Bryce Dallas Howard being named up top with Henry Cavill, Argylle also stars Sam Rockwell, Bryan Cranston, Samuel L. Jackson, Catherine O’Hara and John Cena. The movie will also feature Grammy-winning singer Dua Lipa in her first acting project, along with the artist providing the music for the spy film. All the way around, it sounds like it could be a big hit, and here’s what Matthew Vaughn thinks about the big deal:
I’m thrilled to team with Apple and bring the most compelling spy thriller I’ve ever read to the only streaming service that can create a franchise of this scale and quality for global audiences to experience.
Argylle is based on a spy novel of the same name by Ellie Conway, which has yet to be released to bookshelves, and from a script by Jason Fuchs, who previously wrote the story for 2017’s Wonder Woman. Matthew Vaughn has launched a number of action franchises in the past, including the X-Men prequels, Kick-Ass and the Kingsman films.
The movie seems like one that could also fare well on the big screen given its scale and price, but it’s unclear whether Apple will send Argylle to theaters or take it straight to its streaming service. Apple Original Films has been doing big business with a few major filmmakers as of late, including Martin Scorsese for his next Leonardo DiCaprio collaboration Killers of the Flower Moon, and Ridley Scott’s movie about Napoleon Bonaparte starring Joaquin Phoenix, Kitbag.
Henry Cavill is continuing to move on from his role as Superman in the DCEU with Argylle and other exciting roles such as Highlander, playing Sherlock Holmes in the Enola Holmes sequel and appearing in an upcoming rom-com. We’ll keep you posted here on CinemaBlend about his turn to play a spy for Apple TV+.