Armie Hammer Joins Tom Cruise for Guy Ritchie’s ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’

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When Contagion and Side Effects director Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns made plans to re-collaborate on The Man from U.N.C.L.E. – based on the 1960s TV show about an international secret agent duo – the intention was to cast a more-experienced and older leading man as one of the two leads, with an eye on George Clooney for the job.

Clooney had to pass, in order to recover after having surgery on his back and neck; then, around three months later, Soderbergh dropped the project as a result of creative differences with Warner Bros. The studio then brought Guy Ritchie onboard to direct, but it took more than a year before a suitable replacement for Clooney was found – in the form of Mission: Impossible star Tom Cruise.

Deadline is reporting that Armie Hammer (The Social Network) has been set to play Cruise’s partner in Ritchie’s Man from U.N.C.L.E. movie adaptation. Hammer will be portraying “a version” of the Illya Kuryakin character – as was originated by David McCallum in the source TV series that ran from 1964-68 – while Cruise plays “a version” of Napoleon Solo (Robert Vaughan in the original show), an agent of the United Network Command for Law Enforcement, a.k.a. U.N.C.L.E.

Hammer will have the chance to prove his mettle as solid co-leading material this summer, when he shares the screen with Johnny Depp in The Lone Ranger. The actor has demonstrated versatility and skill with his supporting roles in The Social Network, J. Edgar and Mirror Mirror in recent years, so hopefully the transition to lead status with Lone Ranger and Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a smooth one. Plus, if all goes well, there’s always the chance he could play Batman in a Justice League movie down the line.

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Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp in ‘The Lone Ranger’

Burns has described the original Man from U.N.C.L.E. television program as “a really incredibly progressive, hopeful kind of show,” with regard to how it promoted international cooperation and the importance of diverse thinking in the face of the Cold War era mentality. The question is, by casting two Americans to star, is this a signal of WB and Richie’s intention to abandon that aspect – or will Hammer try his hand at a Russian accent, like the Scottish McCallum did on the original show?

J.J. Abrams found a way (through his casting) to keep the forward-thinking subtext in Star Trek – another progressive-minded genre TV show that originated during the 1960s – while Ritchie, likewise, managed to modernize Sherlock Holmes in a way that resonates with a larger audience. That’s to say, there’s hope for Man from U.N.C.L.E. proving to be a worthwhile revisitation of an old idea.


We’ll keep you posted on The Man from U.N.C.L.E. as more information becomes available.

Source: Deadline

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  1. So, Armie is going to be The small guy and Tom Cruise is going to be the tall guy?


  2. I think Armie is a great choice. I think Tom is a wrong choice simply due to his work with Mission Impossible.

    The two concepts are not totally dissimilar. It’s kind of like the same person starring in two competing tv shows.

    • Doesn’t Cruise look a little too “blue-eyed cutesy” to play Napoleon Solo?
      I will still watch this flick, tho, as i always liked the original TV show.

  3. It’s certain Guy Richie is well-aware that the world has revolved to a different place in the political universe while playing catch-up with the technology which had been on display in the 1960s TV series: the CIA’s (not so secret) army, Drone strikes, a weakened Iraq no longer a buffer between Iran and the rest of the Middle-East,the Arab spring, etc.

    There’s also a wounded al-Qaeda but still enough of a threat, Mexican drug cartels that have set up “cells” in the United States, the war in Syria troubling the foundation of that region, and the bellicosity of North Korea threatening war.

    This is a partial list of what a true U.N.C.L.E. organization would be facing in the REAL world. In the not so real “fictional” world (the REEL world of Hollywood) the enemy could be no more than a lone-wolf like the Joker or Raoul Silva or a federal agency itself, like the CIA.

    The politically correct trend is for “the enemy” not be a hot-button issue. So what’s left…is the movie’s star-actors and enough humor yet bearing no resemblance to the world (Boston bombers) we actually live in.

    If so, haven’t we seen this movie before?

    • The Man from U.N.C.L.E

      Would not work in the United States, as the United States have their own Law Enforcement and Intelligence Agencies.

      U.N.C.L.E Would work against a world wide threat, as they are The United Nations Council for Law and Enforcement. As they are the fictionalized version of the United Nations Council for Security.

      As one of the five permanent members, The United States has Veto Power, and therefore UN Security cannot operate within the boundaries of the 5 Permanent Member States, China Russia, France and United Kingdom.

  4. Oh no. :(

    Tom’s going to ruin another classic character.
    Hammer I get. Cruise’s casting I do not get. This is a bad day to be a Man from UNCLE fan. :(

    • 3 oscar noms u get!

  5. While I would LOVE to pile on Tom Cruise with everyone else….

    He really does pour his heart into every role he does. I know the guy isn’t well loved personally, but as an actor he leaves it all on the field and I have enjoyed just a ton of his roles and his movies.

    I am not as worried about the talent in front of the camera as who is behind it. Mr. Ritchie’s success with the “Sherlock Holmes” franchise should give this movie enough backing to get a great push from the studio. My problem is I did not really love either “Holmes” movie. I thought it was really all RDJ and Jude Law that made those movies work. I found them choppy, hard to follow, and very superficial.

    • I won’t pile on Tom Cruise. I think he is great. Just not best casting for this role.

  6. The Problem is. Like with Jack Reacher, but more so with The man from U.N.C.L.E

    Tom Cruise, 5’7 of him as the main lead.

    Armie Hammer 6’5 Second banana?

    What is wrong with this picture?

    How often is the primary hero, smaller than his counter part. They are going to have to film it with a perspective that Tom and Armie are not in the same frame from the normal perspective.

    • And that’s the long and short of it. I thought too it’s an odd pairing.
      This is a remake of The Man From U.N.C.L.E and not The Odd Couple.

  7. With Guy Ritchie at the helm and this cast it is safe to say
    this will be The Man from U.N.C.L.E in name only absent
    any of the spy intrigue afforded by a Russian partner
    since I cannot imagine Hammer playing a Russian.

    This was a Cold War era show so changes are to
    be expected but here they will likely be wholesale.

  8. Armie Hammer should have been Captain America.

  9. Who’s going to play the role of Mr. Waverly in the forthcoming Man From U.N.C.L.E. movie? How about Anthony Hopkins?