Steven Soderbergh Considering Channing Tatum for ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 2nd, 2013 at 9:53 am,

Since George Clooney dropped out of Steven Soderbergh’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E this past summer, the Academy Award-winning director has been looking at some high-profile young actors to fill Clooney’s shoes.

Some of the names that Soderbergh was allegedly considering for the lead in the film included, Ryan Gosling, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Alexander Skarsgård, and, most recently, Bradley Cooper.


With Cooper passing on the opportunity earlier this month, however, according to DeadlineSoderbergh seems to have settled on a new choice for the spy film: actor Channing Tatum. Deadline notes that Soderbergh hasn’t formally reached out to Tatum with an offer yet, but the actor does have previous experience with Soderbergh and a strong background in action films, so he is definitely a viable candidate for the role.

Tatum and Soderbergh recently worked together on the film, Magic Mike, which stars Channing Tatum as a veteran male stripper teaching the ropes to a new performer played by Alex Pettyfer. Tatum also has a role in Soderbergh’s action-thriller Haywire. (Check out our video interview with Tatum and Haywire star Gina Carano.)

As I noted in a recent article about his film The Son of No One, I’ve never been particularly impressed by Channing Tatum as an actor, but there’s no denying that the 31-year-old model-turned-actor has struck a chord in Hollywood. With a combination of lead roles in big blockbusters (G.I. Joe) and strong lead and supporting roles in a range of comedies, action films, and chick flicks, Tatum is certainly a rising star and would be an unsurprising pick for Soderbergh.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E has been in development for a while, but Steven Soderbergh has said in the past that he’d like to begin shooting the film by early 2012. Presumably, if Soderbergh wants to stay on that time table, he’ll have to pick his lead soon, meaning you should check back often to Screen Rant for an official announcement on the casting.

If Soderbergh does choose Tatum for the part, will you still be interested in The Man from U.N.C.L.E?

Source: Deadline

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  1. I guess this is a movie I’ll be missing. Tatum has never impressed me.

  2. He’ll never be one of the greats when it comes to acting, but I’ve seen enought SS movies to trust he knows what he’s doing. I’ll watch this either way.

  3. How can you go from George Clooney to Channing Tatum? Surely you have to change the style of the movie completely? I just can’t see it. I’ve never liked Tatum, he’s not a good actor and always seems smug!

  4. Wasn’t the original Man From U.N.C.L.E sort of a cold war spy? Kind of an American version of James Bond? When are they ever going to learn…..Most shows from 30 or 40 years ago really don’t just pick up well in modern settings…They worked for their time and often that’s where they should stay….But hey…It’s providing jobs….

  5. Was hoping Jon Ham would’ve shown some interest but I guess he’s out . This production has went through a long list of lead stars, does is seem to be hitting the bottom of the barrel? One wonders what the script is about when it seemingly generates so little interest with todays leading men. I read that they had Max Borenstein “Swordswallowers and Thin Men” writing a period script. Working their way back up, I wonder if Sean Penn or Ed Norton could tolerate playing second soldier, Illya Kuryakin?

  6. went from big not interested