Bryce Dallas Howard Denies Taylor Swift's Involvement in 'Argylle' Book

Bryce Dallas Howard Denies Taylor Swift's Involvement in 'Argylle' Book


Bryce Dallas Howard, known for her role as Elly Conway in the upcoming film 'Argylle,' has addressed the swirling rumors connecting Taylor Swift to the project. The actress clarified that while Swift wasn't involved in writing the book that inspired the movie, the pop sensation did serve as a significant inspiration for her character.

Speaking on a recent episode of 'The Graham Norton Show,' Howard debunked speculations surrounding Swift's direct involvement in crafting the narrative. "We can't pretend she was involved," the 42-year-old actress stated matter-of-factly. "The reality is she was, in many ways, a great inspiration."

Howard went on to draw parallels between Swift and her on-screen character. Swift, a known cat lover, carries an awesome backpack with a cat, a detail mirrored in the movie's trailer where Howard's character sports a Scottish Fold cat, similar to Swift's own feline, Meredith Grey. The cat, snugly placed in an argyle-patterned backpack, becomes a key element in Elly Conway's spy adventures.

The actress didn't shy away from highlighting the unapologetic dorkiness that both Swift and her character share. "She loves a good argyle sweater, and there is a sort of unapologetic dorkiness about her," Howard explained, suggesting a commonality with the character she brings to life in 'Argylle.'

Fan speculation had intensified after the movie's announcement, with Swift enthusiasts theorizing that the singer might be the mastermind behind the Elly Conway pseudonym. Intricate details related to the book and the film were scrutinized for potential Easter eggs. Notably, the cat imagery featured in both the book and the movie became a focal point for fans, drawing connections to Swift's own felines, particularly Meredith Grey.

The movie's director, Matthew Vaughn, however, put an end to the rumors in a recent interview with Rolling Stone. Vaughn shared that he first learned about the conspiracy from his daughter, who suggested that the book was penned by the "Cruel Summer" songstress. Setting the record straight, Vaughn affirmed that the book's author is indeed Elly Conway but unequivocally not Taylor Swift.

"It's a really good book," Vaughn attested, distancing himself from the speculations. "And there is an Elly Conway who wrote the book, but it's not Taylor Swift. I don't want to be a part of that club," he added, expressing his reluctance to contribute to unfounded rumors surrounding Swift's involvement.

Acknowledging the elaborate nature of the conspiracies, Vaughn emphasized that Swift definitely didn't write the book. The director's comments aimed to dispel any notions that might suggest Swift's participation in a bid to capitalize on her fame.

'Argylle' follows the story of Elly as she finds herself accompanied by a real-life spy, portrayed by Sam Rockwell. The duo races across the world, attempting to stay one step ahead of killers, blurring the line between Elly's fictional world and her reality. The film boasts a star-studded cast including Henry Cavill, Dua Lipa, Ariana DeBose, Bryan Cranston, Samuel L. Jackson, Catherine O'Hara, and John Cena.

Scheduled for a theatrical release on February 2, 'Argylle' will later be available for streaming globally on Apple TV+. The anticipation surrounding the film has only intensified with the debunking of the Taylor Swift conspiracy, offering fans a clear perspective on the true origins of the project.


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