Tom Cruise to Replace George Clooney in 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'?
Tom Cruise is in early talks to play Napoleon Solo in Warner Bros' big screen adaption of the '60s TV series The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Deadline has learned. He will replace George Clooney who dropped out of the project in 2011 due to the physical requirement of the role.
Steven Soderbergh was once attached to direct the movie, but he and the studio disagreed on the movie's budget and Clooney's replacement. The studio wanted a young A-lister for the lead and have the movie made for around $60 million. Soderbergh wanted either Michael Fassbender or Joel Kinnaman and a budget much higher than what the studio was proposing. Soderbergh left and Guy Ritchie is now the director.
Cruise's busy schedule may prevent him from doing the movie, but if he does come on board, the studio may be willing to budge on the movie's budget.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is supposed to be the first of a planned trilogy, and Soderbergh's version of the movie is set in the '60s to make it look like the TV show. The studio may have reworked the movie where the '60s set is no longer required.
The TV series the movie's based on ran from 1964 to 1968 and stars Robert Vaughn and David McCallum as agents in a secret agency comprised of people from every nationalities. Their mission is to help maintain political and legal order in the world.