Matthew Vaughn’s upcoming film Argyll stars Henry Cavill as the world’s greatest spy as he is caught up in a globetrotting adventure. The film is based on the yet-to-be-released novel by first-time author Elly Conway, with Apple reportedly paying 200 million dollars for the rights. It’s certainly not a small bit of change, but there seems to be some confusion as to who Elly Conway is and whether Argyll the author even exists.
A new report from THR delves into the mystery of Elly Conway, who doesn’t seem to have much of an online presence, something largely unheard of in this day and age. When you search for her name online, you will find that most articles/images bring up references to a fictional character Neighbors, an Australian soap opera. The author’s Instagram account is also available, and her extremely short bio on Penguin simply reads, “Elly Conway is the author of the highly anticipated debut thriller, Argylle. She lives in the US and is currently working on the next episode of the series.THR contacted the publisher behind it Argyll as well as Conway’s agent, but the conversation ended abruptly when questions were raised about Conway. Very mysterious. Either Elly Conway is someone else’s pen name, or she is simply one of the most secretive people on the planet.
Argyll was originally set to be released in just two weeks, but was later pushed back to March 30, 2023. The game movie adaptation is currently in post-production, and while it doesn’t have an official release yet, it’s possible that the movie could come out before the book, it is based on. When the project was first announced, director Matthew Vaughn said: “When I read this early draft of the script, I felt it was the most incredible and original spy series since Ian Fleming’s books of the 50s. This is going to reinvent the spy genre.” Jason Fuchs (wonder Woman) wrote the adaptation of Argyll. In addition to Henry Cavill, the film also stars Sam Rockwell, Bryce Dallas Howard, Bryan Cranston, Catherine O’Hara, John Cena and Samuel L. Jackson. Pop star Dua Lipa makes her on-screen film debut, providing original music for the title track and score.
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