Production for The Man From U.N.C.L.E. has hit another speed bump. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tom Cruise has dropped out of Warner Bros. film adaptation of the 1960s spy television series. Cruise was set to portray Napoleon Solo, a character made famous by Robert Vaughn in the original series.
According to sources, Cruise had to drop out so he can gear his attention towards Mission: Impossible 5. The film is set to start production this fall so that means director Guy Ritchie and Warner Bros. must act quickly to find their new leading man.
The Lone Ranger star Armie Hammer is still attached to portray a version of the role played by David McCallum in the original series. Alicia Vikander, who recently appeared in Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina, has signed on as the female lead.
Although it’s sour news that Tom Cruise had to bail out on The Man From U.N.C.L.E., it’s understandable as to why he did. Since the beginning of the franchise, Cruise has been heavily involved in the development and production of each Mission: Impossible film. It would be implausible for him to focus his energy on The Man From U.N.C.L.E. while in production for Mission: Impossible 5.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. has looked at several actors for the lead role since 2011. Actors such as Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender, Bradley Cooper, and Ryan Gosling have all been considered at one time. Some time ago, George Clooney was attached to the lead role with Steven Soderbergh attached to direct. Due to various conflicts, both had to drop out. Hopefully the news of Cruise dropping out is the last speed bump for the production because this has all kinds of blockbuster potential.
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