Argylle, the brand new film directed by Matthew Vaughn, is predicated on a ebook. Or is it?
The ebook it claims to be primarily based on is written by Elly Conway — ostensibly, an actual individual. When the film was first announced, the truth that it was primarily based on a ebook appeared fairly normal — even when stated ebook hadn’t been launched but, which is not unusual. Vaughn had even claimed to have learn an “early draft” of the manuscript.
Suspicion over Elly’s identification started mounting in 2022 when the Hollywood Reporter was unable to confirm any particulars about her or get in touch along with her. On condition that the film deal was price a reported $200 million, it could be large information for a debut writer to be concerned in such a sum.
When extra particulars concerning the film’s plot got here out, eyebrows have been additional raised. The film stars Bryce Dallas Howard as Elly Conway, a spy thriller writer who finds out that her writing displays what’s really taking place within the spy world. Capers that includes Henry Cavill, Samuel L. Jackson, John Cena, and Dua Lipa ensue. The ebook, then again, doesn’t seem to have any metafictional parts.
On condition that Vaughn recently stated, “There’s a Elly Conway. I’m begging Elly Conway to come back out of the shadows,” it is time to put it to relaxation: Who’s Elly Conway?
The writer additional describes the ebook as, “The globe-trotting spy thriller that impressed the upcoming motion blockbuster Argylle.” It even says “the ebook that impressed the movement image” proper on the entrance cowl.
Elly’s Instagram page offers little element as to the author’s identification past some Argylle promotional pictures, footage of different thrillers, and a handful of snaps of day-to-day actions primarily involving meals.
Nevertheless, when you go to her Instagram feedback, they appear to solely be asking one factor:
A Scottish Fold cat! A cat backpack! Cardigans! In spite of everything, would not it make sense for the Queen of Easter Eggs and cryptic releases to be behind such a mysterious tome? Loads of of us on-line definitely thought so.
Alas, Vaughn additionally owns a Scottish Fold cat (after his household noticed Miss Americana). He confirmed, “There may be an Elly Conway who wrote the ebook, nevertheless it’s not Taylor Swift. And I say that as a result of I think about Taylor Swift has a load of individuals attempting to leap on her bandwagon left, proper and heart, and I don’t wish to be part of that membership.”
That is to not say Taylor had no affect on the character of Elly. “The fact is she was in some ways a terrific inspiration,” Bryce recently stated. “She is a cat woman. She’s received this superior backpack with a cat in [it] that she walks round with. She loves argyle sweater, and there’s a kind of unapologetic dorkiness about her.”
So, who else’s title has floated round?
One other principle floating round on TikTok is that Elly Conway is, in truth, author and famous anti-trans ranter J.Okay. Rowling.
Why? Nicely, Vaughn said at New York Comedian Con final 12 months, “I simply beloved the concept of what would occur if a wizard went to J.Okay. Rowling in ebook three and stated, ‘You already know what? Wizards are actual. Hogwarts is actual. I’m actual. I’m going to point out you what it’s actually like,’ and happening an journey.” He added, “So Elly Conway, I feel, in actual life will change into a J.Okay. Rowling of spy motion pictures, of spy novels.”
So, the speculation goes, why not use J.Okay. herself? It will definitely behoove a studio to distance themselves from the aforementioned anti-trans toxicity through a pen title, or so it is stated.
Nevertheless, there’s another person that Vaughn is loosely linked to that makes extra sense.
Terry Hayes’ title has been thrown round, as Vaughn was set to direct the film model of his 2013 debut spy thriller I Am Pilgrim. Terry additionally has screenwriting credit, which might make him attuned to the world of *gestures* showbiz.
BuzzFeed has contacted Felicity for remark, nevertheless it appears pretty doubtless that we cannot hear a lot on Elly’s identification for a short while. In spite of everything, it received us right here, proper?