Well, that was quick. Just days after Tom Cruise backed out of the Warner Bros. reboot of the 1960s spy series The Man From U.N.C.L.E., it looks like the studio has found a replacement. According to TheWrap, Man of Steel star Henry Cavill is eyeing the role of Napoleon Solo, a role famously portrayed by Robert Vaughn in the original series.
Cavill will be joining the previously announced Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander. Director Guy Ritchie is at the helm and will be directing from a script by Scott Z. Burns. The plot of the film is unknown at this point but the original series centered on two agents 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.).
It honestly makes sense for Warner Bros. to cast Cavill. Although he is relatively unknown at this point, Cavill is going to be huge after Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel flies into theaters in two weeks.
Production for The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is expected to begin this fall for a potential 2014 release.