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 »
Posted on Monday, March 18th, 2013 by Angie Han
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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Posted on Friday, November 16th, 2012 by Angie Han
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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You may have followed the breadcrumb trail of casting reports for Steven Soderbergh‘s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. up to this point, but here’s the thing: it is no longer Steven Soderbergh’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Warner Bros. has worked for years to make a new film version of the old cold war TV spy series, and the director who created three fun films based on a Rat Pack heist movie seemed like the go-to guy to make it happen. But George Clooney had to drop out of the lead role for physical reasons and in his absence no other casting solution could be agreed upon.
So, after months of back and forth, with Warner Bros. wanting the movie to be cheaper than Soderbergh thought appropriate, and no locked leading men, Steven Soderbergh has moved on. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 15th, 2011 by Angie Han
Apparently, Channing Tatum is the guy you call when Bradley Cooper drops out of a project. Over the summer, Tatum’s name came up for Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s (now grounded) The Crow remake when Cooper left the project, and now that Cooper’s turned down Steven Soderbergh‘s The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Tatum’s reportedly being “eyed” for the lead.
Were Tatum to get the part, it would mark his third collaboration with the director — the two have already completed Haywire together, and are currently working on the male stripper pic Magic Mike. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, November 10th, 2011 by Angie Han
George Clooney, Johnny Depp, and Matt Damon have all passed on the part, and now it appears Bradley Cooper won’t be Steven Soderbergh‘s Man From U.N.C.L.E., either. The Hangover star was offered the lead role of American spy Napoleon Solo in Soderbergh’s big-screen adaptation of the ’60s series last month, but a new report says he’s now turned down the project. Meanwhile, the search for a star to play Solo’s partner, Russian spy Illya Kuryakin, continues. More after the jump.
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The prequel to 300, once called Xerxes and now 300: Battle of Artemisia, has been slowly moving forward for the last couple years as Frank Miller created the graphic novel on which the movie will be based. With Miller’s work done, Zack Snyder, director of 300, and his 300 writer Kurt Johnstad, have finished a script for the new film.
The next step is casting, and while one producer has teased the cameo returns of Gerard Butler and Lena Headey, Battle of Artemisia needs a new leading man to play Themosticles, a Greek general who led the defense against Persia’s invasion in 480 BCE.
Now Joel Edgerton, recently seen in The Thing, Animal Kingdom and Warrior, is reportedly in talks to strip down and oil up for the part.
Update: Edgerton has also reportedly been offered the lead in Steven Soderbergh‘s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, October 21st, 2011 by Angie Han
When George Clooney dropped out of Steven Soderbergh‘s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. a few months back, it sent the project scrambling to find someone to replace him. And now, after a whirlwind search process, the actor they’ve come up with is Bradley Cooper. The Hangover star has been reportedly offered the lead role of American agent Napoleon Solo, and is said to be likely to accept. More details after the jump.
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Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney have made six films together paired as director and actor (three Ocean’s movies, Out of Sight, Solaris and The Good German), and many more as producing partners. Until today it looked like the seventh directing/starring partnership between the two would be The Man From U.N.C.L.E, with Clooney playing the role that Robert Vaughn made famous on television in the mid-’60s. But now Clooney is “in the process of withdrawing” from the film, leaving Soderbergh with a big spy story remake that has a leading-man sized hole in the middle. Read More »