More big names join Matthew Vaughn’s espionage thriller

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Hot on the heels of yesterday’s casting announcement, a further slew of talent has joined Matthew Vaughn’s next project.

In news that might just have the starry ensemble of Knives Out 2 looking nervously over their shoulders, some more big names have joined Matthew Vaughn’s newly-announced espionage thriller, which we covered here yesterday.

We’re already aware that Bryce Dallas Howard, Samuel L Jackson and Sam Rockwell will be appearing, but did mention in yesterday’s report that there would be more big names to come, and that appears to be the case.

Today’s casting announcement for the film has added Henry Cavill, Bryan Cranston and John Cena to the project, as well as Catherine O’Hara and musician Dua Lipa. That’s quite the ensemble right there.

Whilst reports that new casting announcements were incoming were indeed correct, what we do know about the film’s plot seems to have shifted overnight.

Yesterday’s report stated that the film ‘will follow ‘a best-selling spy novelist who turns out to be a world-class spy suffering from amnesia. When her past comes back to haunt her, so does her memory in this global espionage thriller.’ However, today’s news simply states that the film ‘follows the “world’s greatest spy” as he’s caught up in a globe-trotting adventure.’

Of course, it’s possible that both of these could be true. Perhaps there might be a meta-textual level at play where the “world’s greatest spy” is the literary creation of the best-selling spy novelist. Vaughn has done genre deconstruction before, skewering superhero films with Kick-Ass, plus he’s made three spy films already in his Kingsman series. Perhaps the same approach may be on the cards here. That’s all speculation at the moment however, as the novel upon which the film will be based, Argylle, by Ellie Conway, is yet to be released.

We’ll let you know more as we hear more from this exciting-sounding project.


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