‘Argylle’ Director Shuts Down Taylor Swift Conspiracy Theories

Sorry Internet brigade and Swifties but singing sensation Taylor Swift did NOT write Argylle, says director Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman), shutting down the conspiracy theories that have made their way across the internet claiming that Taylor Swift is Elly Conway, the pseudonymous author of the book Argylle, which the movie is based on.

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Vaughn did, however, leave something for Swifties, and that’s the fact that Swift did inspire the making of Argylle, but in a different way. Elly Conway’s cat, Alfie, is a Scottish Fold and that because Vaughn saw her Scottish Fold cats, Olivia and Meredith, in the Miss Americana documentary released in 2020 on Netflix.

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Between travelling across America for the Eras Tour, her whirlwind romance with footballer Travis Kelce, and the re-release of Taylor’s 1989 album, we doubt she’d have time to sit down and write a spy thriller — but it is a fun theory.

However, there is a real Elly Conway out there, confirms Vaughn in an interview with Rolling Stone, “There is a real book … and it’s a really good book. And there is an Elly Conway who wrote the book, but it’s not Taylor Swift.” Whether we’ll ever uncover Elly’s real identity is anyone’s guess.

Argylle premieres in cinemas on 1 February 2024, starring Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World), Henry Cavill (Man of Steel, The Witcher), and Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri).

Reclusive author Elly Conway writes best-selling espionage novels about a secret agent named Argylle who’s on a mission to unravel a global spy syndicate. However, when the plots of her books start to mirror the covert actions of a real-life spy organization, the line between fiction and reality begin to blur.