Briefly: While Jared Harris may be best known for his role as Lane Pryce on Mad Men, Guy Ritchie turned to the actor when it was time to bring the evil Moriarty to life in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Now Ritchie and Harris will work together again, on Ritche’s new version of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Read More »
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Briefly: Guy Ritchie‘s new take on the spy show The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is growing fast. He’s got Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer to play US agent Napoleon Solo and the Russian spy Illya Kuryakin. They’re partnered though the United Network Command for Law Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.) to fight bad guys.
Alicia Vikander and Elizabeth Debicki were added in the past weeks, and now Hugh Grant is on board as the head of British Naval Intelligence. We don’t know too much more about the setup of the film other than the fact that the main characters won’t start off relating to one another in a very genial fashion. [Deadline]
For actor Armie Hammer, things are going pretty damn well right about now. He broke out in an Oscar-nominated film, worked with one of the best directors of all time, and is now the title character in a big budget Disney blockbuster. That last one is, of course, Gore Verbinski‘s The Lone Ranger, a brand-new take on the classic radio and TV character featuring Hammer as the Ranger and Johnny Depp as his sidekick, Tonto. This time around, however, Depp’s the focus and Hammer is just fine with that.
In our one on one interview, the actor talked about joining the multi-billion dollar team of Verbinski, Depp and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, the thought of playing this character for years to come, his next film (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) directed by Guy Ritchie, and what would have happened if he’d played Batman in George Miller’s Justice League. Read More »
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 »
Posted on Friday, May 24th, 2013 by Angie Han
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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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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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 »