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25 April 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

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Armie Hammer

With one big potential franchise role done, dusted and set to gallop into our cinemas with The Lone Ranger, the man in the mask is looking for another. Armie Hammer is now on to share the screen with Tom Cruise in The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Guy Ritchie is the man with the megaphone for this one. He's directing the adaptation of a spy caper TV series that aired between 1964 and 1968 and saw Robert Vaughn and David McCallum as agents of the United Network Command for Law Enforcement. They certainly liked their acronyms in the 1960s, and they also liked to battle T.H.R.U.S.H. (if we hear ONE MORE PERSON GIGGLING, NO-ONE IS GETTING OUT OF CLASS FOR LUNCH.)

According to Deadline, Cruise (who had been in talks) is set to play the Vaughn role of Napoleon Solo with Hammer filling McCallum’s suit as Illya Kuryakin. The script has seen work from David Campbell Wilson and Scott Z. Burns.

It’s another positive turn for a project that looked troubled a while ago. Warner Bros. has been trying to get this one going for years, with George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh attached at one point, only to pass when Clooney decided he couldn’t physically handle the role thanks to his Syriana back injuries.

There’s no word on when this one will start shooting, but the casting of Hammer suggests it could be sooner rather than later. You’ll be able to see him in goofily heroic mode when The Lone Ranger arrives on August 9. The latest trailer is below for your eyeballs to take in. 

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Finding Mr. Waverly
The smooth and urbane Leo G. Caroll, a veteran of no less than six Hitchcock films, was the New York U.N.C.L.E. HQ boss in the original TV series. How about casting Anthony Hopkins to play Mr. Waverly alongside Cruise and Hammer? Finally, I have been waiting a very long time to see this movie. I don't think that the original concept requires too much of an update to be extremely successful. Why not retain the historical Cold War backdrop and set this feature film in 1966? 1966 was about as c More

Posted by JimMcDade at 12:38 on 27 April 2013 | Report This Post

Cruise won't work
I still think Nathan Fillion and Paul Bettany is the dream team. Have McCallum as Mr. Waverley. But seriously, Cruise will not work More

Posted by Ulmaceae at 16:33 on 25 April 2013 | Report This Post

The problem with this starring Cruise, and this is probably the case even if it was 1960s set (which I doubt it will be), is that it will no doubt end up looking exactly like Mission Impossible (again a 1960s original). As much as I would love to see a Jon Hamm and Pete Sarsgard version, in all honesty it is better left alone. More

Posted by Failuretocommunicate at 12:18 on 25 April 2013 | Report This Post

Jon Hamm would be inspired casting! More

Posted by Mr Grizzly at 11:00 on 25 April 2013 | Report This Post

Just when I thought my estimation of Ritchie couldn't drop further. This is abysmal casting. Hammer would tower over Cruise. They would look ridiculous together. What is the deal with Cruise that he needs to play every secret agent on screen? I would prefer Jon Hamm and Peter Sarsgard. More

Posted by jazzyjules63 at 10:24 on 25 April 2013 | Report This Post

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