Last month, it was announced that Tom Cruise is set to headline Guy Ritchie’s film adaptation of the popular 1960s television spy series The Man From U.N.C.L.E. It looks like Cruise has found his co-agent. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Lone Ranger star Armie Hammer is set to star alongside Cruise in the spy film.
Tom Cruise is set to portray Napoleon Solo, the character famously portrayed by Robert Vaughn in the original series while Armie Hammer is set to portray the character of Illya Kuryakin. Although plot details are minimal at this point, the original series centered on two agents (Cruise and Hammer) of United Network Command for Law Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.) who fight the forces of Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity (T.H.R.U.S.H.).
Armie Hammer received his first big break when he appeared as the Winklevoss twins in David Fincher’s Oscar-winning film The Social Network. Since impressing the critics with that small but essential role in the film, he went on to work with some of the biggest names in the industry. The 26-year-old actor has worked with Clint Eastwood and Leonardo DiCaprio in J. Edgar, Julia Roberts in Mirror Mirror, and most recently has worked with Johnny Depp in Disney’s The Lone Ranger. Now that he just won this impressive gig, Hammer sure is making a name for himself.
It’s currently unclear when The Man From U.N.C.L.E. will be released. I’m sure we’ll be seeing this film in theaters at some point late next year. Check back for more updates as they come our way.