Just as quickly as Tom Cruise exits the long gestating Man From U.N.C.L.E. big screen redo, Henry Cavill becomes attached. Riding high off of his buzz from the impressive looking Man of Steel, Cavill has signed on to play the part of Napoleon Solo with the already attached Armie Hammer.
The new franchise will be based on the old cult spy TV show of the same name and directed by Guy Ritchie.
“The series centered on a two-man troubleshooting team working for U.N.C.L.E.: American Napoleon Solo (Robert Vaughn), and Georgian (Georgia-USSR) Illya Kuryakin (David McCallum). Leo G. Carroll played Alexander Waverly, the British head of the organization (Number One of Section One). Barbara Moore joined the cast as regular character Lisa Rogers in the fourth season. The chief enemy of the series was THRUSH. So dangerous was the threat from THRUSH that governments—even those most ideologically opposed, such as the United States and the USSR—had cooperated in the formation and operation of U.N.C.L.E. Similarly, on those occasions when Solo and Kuryakin held opposing political views, the friction between them in the storyline was held to a minimum.”
The news comes straight from Cavill’s mouth as he is quoted by USA Today saying:
“Things are full-steam ahead. It’s all very early days. But it’s gonna happen,” Cavill says before pausing. “Well, this is Hollywood. It’s supposed to happen.”
Here’s hoping the new reboot will be half as fun as the old show. I, for one, look forward to its release.