Heavens to Betsy, whoever she may be. Is the big screen version of the 1960s TV show “The Man From U.N.C.L.E” finally going to happen…with Tom Cruise starring? According to Deadline, Cruise is in early talks to take on the lead role in the movie that’s currently set to be directed by Guy Ritchie.
“The Man From U.N.C.L.E” ran from 1964-68, at the height of the Cold War. It focused on the adventures of Napoleon Solo (Robert Vaughn) and Ilya Kuryakin (Davis McCallum), an American and Russian who worked as spies for United Network Command for Law Enforcement. It was very swingin’ ’60s cool.
Steven Soderbergh originally planned a film based on the series with George Clooney playing Solo. Clooney dropped out because he needed neck and back surgery and felt he couldn’t take on an action role. For a while all sorts of names were rumored for the tw lead roles–Bradley Cooper, Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling, Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The list went on and on. Then Soderbergh dropped out, but Warner Brothers wanted to stick with the idea. They booked another one of their favorites, Guy Ritchie, and that was the last we’ve heard of it until now.
I guess Cruise could play either role. He loves any kind of action movie where he can show off his physical daring. If he is cast, count on multiple running scenes. Cruise’s last movie, “Jack Reacher,” was a disappointment. He could use a hit with his next two, the sci-fi films “Oblivion” and “All You Need Is Kill.”