Exclusive: Henry Cavill Making James Bond Type Action Movie With Matthew Vaughn

After the upcoming Argylle, Henry Cavill will once again collaborate with Matthew Vaughn on another espionage thriller.

By Michileen Martin | Updated

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Whether or not Henry Cavill ever gets to play the iconic James Bond, Matthew Vaughn is making sure the former Superman actor is getting his time to play spies. Our trusted and proven sources have let us know that Cavill has signed on to make another espionage thriller — with Vaughn directing — for Apple Studios. The film is separate from the upcoming Argylle, which is expected to release on Apple TV+ some time this year.

While we can’t confirm it, it seems likely this second Henry Cavill led espionage thriller is Argylle 2. The first film is based on the upcoming thriller novel by Elly Conway, and Penguin’s profile page for the author says she’s “currently working on the next installment in the [Argylle] series.” If Argylle was picked up before the novel even hit bookshelves, provided the first film does well, you can bet any follow-up will be adapted.

And if any James Bond-like feature does well in 2023, it’s bound to be Argylle. Along with Henry Cavill in the lead role, the film will feature an exciting ensemble including Sam Rockwell, Bryce Dallas Howard, Bryan Cranston, Catherine O’Hara, John Cena, Samuel L. Jackson, Dua Lipa in her debut film role (she’ll also provide music for the film), Ariana DeBose, Rob Delaney, and Jing Lusi.

Walter White, Peacemaker, the yuppy mom from Beetlejuice, Samuel L., and Deadpool’s own “Sugar Bear” in the same flick? Come on. Even if the movie’s bad, it can only be bad in awesome ways.

Whether or not this second Vaughn-helmed espionage thriller Henry Cavill has signed up for is Argylle 2, it does bring up questions about the Man of Steel star’s chances at playing 007. He’s long been considered one of the top contenders to take the mantle after Daniel Craig, but how many spies can he play in big-budget films without Bond producers deciding he’s too closely associated with rival franchises to play 007? Along with Argylle and his Apple collaboration with Vaugh that will follow, he was the star of 2015’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and played perhaps the most memorable villain in the Mission: Impossible franchise in 2018’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

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Henry Cavill in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

Whatever Henry Cavill and Matthew Vaughn’s upcoming espionage thriller proves to be, it will be the third collaboration between the creatives. Vaughn first directed Cavill in the 2007 fantasy adventure Stardust, four years before Man of Steel made Cavill a household name. Another film with a stacked cast, Stardust found Cavill in a comparatively minor role working with names like Claire Danes, Robert De Niro, and Michelle Pfeiffer.

While we wait to find out more details about Henry Cavill and Matthew Vaughn’s third team-up, we look forward to the debut of Argylle. We’re also curious about whether or not the film’s premiere will shed any light on the mysterious story behind the novel’s author Elly Conway, whose name many are theorizing is a pseudonym. The author has almost no social media presence — beyond an Instagram page with no updates — which is kind of bizarre for a novelist who would naturally want to promote their debut novel as much as possible.