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Apple Acquires Henry Cavil Spy Thriller Argylle Featuring John Cena In Massive Deal

August 4, 2021 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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The upcoming spy thriller Argylle starring Henry Cavill, John Cena and more is heading to Apple in a big-money deal. Deadline reports that Apple is closing a deal for the Matthew Vaughn-directed film in a range that is reportedly around the $200 million mark.

Vaughn, whose MARV production banner is producing the film, confirmed the deal (but not the price), saying, “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.” Deadline reports that the deal is for just the first film, but that it is hoped to launch a franchise.

The film is based on the upcoming novel of the same name by Ellie Conway and follows the exploits of Argylle, a super-spy who moves across the US, the UK and elsewhere. Jason Fuchs wrote the script for the film, which will star Cavill in the lead role alongside a cast that includes Cena, Sam Rockwell, Bryce Dallas Howard, Bryan Cranston, Catherine O’Hara, Samuel L. Jackson, and pop singer Dua Lipa, who will make her acting debut and contribute music for the title track and score.

The film was first announced to be in the works in early July. This is the latest example of a streamer spending massive money to land a potential franchise; Netflix acquired the rights to two Knives Out sequels for a $400 million price tag earlier this year.