Oscar-nominated actor Tom Cruise may have found a new spy series to star in. Deadline reports that the actor is in talks to star as Napoleon Solo in Guy Ritchie’s reboot of the popular 1960’s television spy series The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
The Warner Bros. project has been in development for a while. At one time not too long ago, the film was set to be directed by Steven Soderbergh with George Clooney attached to star. Since then, Soderbergh left the project over creative differences and George Clooney wasn’t able to take the role. Not too long after, Guy Ritchie stepped up to helm the film with the studio eyeing a younger actor for the lead role. While the studio didn’t exactly find a younger actor for the lead, Cruise is an actor who has continiously proven to be a box office draw.
Plot details are very minimal at this point but screenwriter Scott Z. Burns recently spoke about the film’s 1960s setting:
“I thought it would be really fun to go back and look at spy craft in the Cold War and what you could and couldn’t do. When you think about the world in the 1960’s just in terms of cars and fashion and the aesthetic, to be able to go and shoot that world with today’s cameras and today’s technology, I think we could do some really cool stuff. Then also, the thing that was so cool about ‘U.N.C.L.E.‘ that people don’t realize–and this is why I like it more than ‘Mission: Impossible‘–the initial conceit of ‘U.N.C.L.E.‘ was amazing. It was really about an organization that didn’t have an affiliation with a country and Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin were guys who should’ve been sworn enemies. One was Russian and one was American and they worked together. In that way, it was a really incredibly progressive, hopeful kind of show.”
The original television series aired on NBC from 1964-1968 and it starred Robert Vaughn as Napoleon Solo and David McCallum as Illya Kuryakin.They were 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.). Check out the intro to the original television series below:
Tom Cruise is keeping busy. He next appears in Oblivion, which is scheduled to arrive in theaters on April 19th. He is then headlining Doug Liman‘s action flick All You Need Is Kill next March. He is also set to reprise his role as Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible 5 set to be directed by Christopher McQuarrie. Check back for more updates on The Man From U.N.C.L.E. as they arrive.