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Through no fault of his own – at least in the majority of cases – Henry Cavill has developed a habit of being followed by bad luck wherever he goes, but maybe Matthew Vaughn’s blockbuster spy thriller Argylle will be able to turn the tides.

At least the movie finally has a release date after shooting two years ago, with literary adaptation having been radio silent for so long after filming wrapped that a lot of people completely forgot it even existed. The would-be franchise-starter is coming to theaters in February of 2024, but will it be able to break Cavill’s streak of unfortunate incidents?

Henry Cavill and Dua Lipa in 'Argylle'
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If you buy into omens and coincidences, then the jury remains out. After all, Argylle shot before the actor reprised the role of Superman in both Black Adam and The Flash, only for his long-heralded return in the former to amount to nothing, before he was left on the cutting room floor in favor of many other cameos in the latter instead.

Argylle was also shot a year prior to the third season of The Witcher, which has already led to fans demanding the Netflix series be boycotted in order to stick it to the creative team after Cavill announced he wouldn’t be returning as Geralt of Rivia, with Liam Hemsworth being drafted in for one of the most contentious recastings of the modern era.

Of course, we can’t overlook that Vaughn’s last foray into the genre tanked at the box office, too, with The King’s Man losing a fortune and scoring the worst reviews the espionage universe had ever experienced. It’s all ifs and buts, but when you’ve cultivated a run as rotten as Cavill’s recent string of luck, then it wouldn’t be a shock were Argylle to suffer – especially when Apple paid a mind-blowing $200 million for the rights to instantly place it under immense pressure.


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