Armie Hammer Joins Tom Cruise in 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'
Armie Hammer will join Tom Cruise in Warner Bros' big screen adaptation of The Man From U.N.C.L.E., according to Deadline. Presumably, Hammer will play the Soviet agent Illya Kuryakin to Cruise's Napoleon Solo.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. once had Steven Soderbergh attached to direct and George Clooney in Cruise's role, but due to a bad back, Clooney had to leave the project. Soderbergh left not long after over his disagreements with studio on the movie's budget and who to replace Clooney with.
After Soderbergh left, WB went with Guy Ritchie at the helm. The studio must have thought it struck gold when Cruise boarded the movie this March.
Soderbergh's version is set in the '60s to make it look like the TV show, but we don't know if Ritchie will go with this vision or institute his own. With Cruise on board, the studio may be more willing to loosen the purse strings a bit in whatever Ritchie has in mind.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is supposedly the first movie of a planned trilogy, so if the first one does well, expect more to follow.
The original TV series centers on two agents working for a secret agency comprised of people from every nationalities. Their mission is to help maintain political and legal order in the world.
Hammer is starring opposite Johnny Depp in Disney's The Lone Ranger. He is playing the title character, with Depp as his Indian sidekick Tonto. The Lone Ranger will be in theaters this July 3rd.