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Briefly: Warner Bros. has just dated two films for early 2015 release. First up, we’ll see Henry Cavill in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. months before we see him as Superman again. The Guy Ritchie adaptation, also starring Armie Hammer, has been given a curious January 16, 2015 release date. WB will also release the Will Smith‘s con-artist drama Focus on February 27, 2015. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa direct. [Box Office Mojo]

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After years of trying to bring The Man From U.N.C.L.E. back to life, Warner Bros. finally settled on director Guy Ritchie, and when Tom Cruise decided not to do the film, the studio looked to Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer to play U.N.C.L.E. agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin.

Now the film has picked a leading lady, and she’s someone with some big recent work with Warner Bros.: Elizabeth Debicki, who gave an eye-catching turn in The Great Gatsby. Read More »

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The film adaptation of the TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. has gone through its fair share of big names. Steven Soderbergh, George Clooney, Channing Tatum, Bradley Cooper and others all had their names circling the project at certain points. Most recently, Guy Ritchie was set to direct with Tom Cruise and Armie Hammer as two Cold War spies, but Cruise dropped out last week. Losing one of the biggest movie stars in the world was a significant blow to the project.

It seems Warner Bros. might have found a replacement, however, and the name is quite a surprise. The studio is in talks with the Man of Steel, Henry Cavill, to play the lead role of Napoleon Solo. Read More »

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After trying and failing to get The Man From U.N.C.L.E. off the ground with Steven Soderbergh, the Warner Bros. project seemed to get a new lease on life when Guy Ritchie signed on and then got Tom Cruise and Armie Hammer to star. But once again, the long-gestating picture has hit a speed bump.

Cruise has now dropped out of the role of Napoleon Solo, months after he began circling. At least Hammer remains attached for now. Hit the jump to get the details on Cruise’s exit.

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Briefly: Armie Hammer worked with one of the world’s biggest movie stars in The Lone Ranger, and now he’s set to partner up with another in The Man From U.N.C.L.E., for which James Bond creator Ian Fleming contributed early concepts. Hammer has been added to the cast of Guy Ritchie‘s new version of the espionage-focused TV series that ran in the mid-’60s. Read More »

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Warner Bros. is not giving up The Man From U.N.C.L.E. The spy thriller has been kicking around for several years at the studio, going through Matthew Vaughn, David Dobkin, and Steven Soderbergh before finally landing with Guy Ritchie in 2011. The project’s been pretty quiet sinc then, but now it may be about to take a big step forward.

According to a new report, Tom Cruise is in early talks to take the lead role of Napoleon Solo, the Cold War spy originally portrayed by Robert Vaughn in the ’60s TV series. Hit the jump for more details.

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Here’s another one to file away in the Blu-ray collection of your wildest fantasies: Quentin Tarantino‘s Green Lantern. Crazy as it sounds, the filmmaker confirmed in a recent interview that he was approached for the gig, all the way back in the movie’s early stages.

Although Tarantino’s never been the comic book tentpole type, the timing of the project apparently made Warner Bros. believe it had an outside shot: Tarantino was coming off of Grindhouse‘s box office flop, an experience which had left his confidence so shaken he sought advice from master filmmakers Tony Scott and Steven Spielberg. Hit the jump to read Tarantino discuss Grindhouse‘s aftermath, Spielberg and Scott’s words of wisdom, and how he killed The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

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Briefly: There’s not much info right now, but it is sounding like Guy Ritchie is going to continue his partnership with Warner Bros. after making the two action-oriented Sherlock Holmes films. He and Holmes producer Lionel Wigram are forming a new company, and the two have just made a deal with Warner Bros. to board The Man From U.N.C.L.E., scripted by Scott Z. Burns and formerly set to be directed by Steven Soderbergh.

At this point Deadline just reports the deal, without specifying that Ritchie will direct. But this would be a pretty obvious big follow-up to Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. (Deadline later updated to say that “the intention is for Ritchie to direct the film.”

The question now would be casting. George Clooney was once cast in one of the two big roles, but left the gig because of concerns about his physical condition and the effect that would have on his ability to perform the film’s action. Warner Bros. was unable to come to new casting decisions, which was a big part of why former director Steven Soderbergh left the project just weeks ago. We’ll have more on this one as it develops.

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