Gosling, Gordon-Levitt, & Skarsgård Wanted For ‘Man from U.N.C.L.E.’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 5th, 2013 at 1:59 pm,

man from uncle movie casting shortlist Gosling, Gordon Levitt, & Skarsgård Wanted For Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Now that filmmaker Steven Soderbergh’s best bud, George Clooney, is no longer onboard for his screen adaptation of the 1960s spy series The Man from U.N.C.L.E., the search is on for a replacement – who will play the part of secret agent Napoleon Solo (Robert Vaughn, in the original TV show).

The part of Solo’s comrade, Illya Kuryakin (originally played by David McCallum) also needs to be filled. However, Warner Bros. is going the “younger and hipper” route with that role, and has assembled a wish list of some 20 actors that the studio would like to help co-headline the film with Clooney’s substitute (pardon the wording).

Insiders for The Wrap have mentioned three specific individuals as being the top choices wanted for the part of Kuryakin: Ryan Gosling, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Alexander Skarsgård. Bear in mind, though, with so many candidates, a completely different actor could end up snagging the role.

All three of those actors are definitely on the up and up, as far as their careers go. Gosling is headlining today’s critically-acclaimed new release, Drive, and will star in (director) Clooney’s latest awards contender, The Ides of March, next month; Gordon-Levitt will headline David Koepp’s upcoming thriller, Premium Rush, and is appearing in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises; and Skarsgård also has a film opening today (the Straw Dogs remake) and will costar in next summer’s Battleship movie – plus, of course, there’s his recurring role on True Blood.

Point being: Warner Bros. could do right by itself, assuming it selects one of these actors for The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. Who in this trio would fit the role of Kuryakin best, however, is a matter up for debate.

Man from U.N.C.L.E. is being scripted by Scott Z. Burns, who previously wrote Soderbergh’s The Informant! and Contagion. The writer and director’s latest collaboration is reportedly aiming to be an action-comedy that matches the tone of the Lethal Weapon movies – while also retaining the Cold War setting of the original U.N.C.L.E. TV show. Basically, think a movie that combines the light-weight feel of Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven trilogy with the hard-hitting action of his next release, Haywire, and you’ve got a good idea of what to expect in The Man from U.N.C.L.E..

Screen chemistry is always a big factor, when it comes to creating a successful buddy action flick – which means that whoever is cast as Clooney’s replacement will need to work well with his younger costar – whoever that ends up being. Since Soderbergh generally does a very good job of casting his movies, there’s little reason to worry that he’ll mess up that aspect of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. - regardless of how the rest of the film turns out.

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Production on The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is slated to begin by Spring 2012. We’ll let you know when the film has secured an official release date.

Source: The Wrap

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  1. i’m goin’ with skarsgard on this one…

    • Agreed. I 2nd that.

  2. Skarsgard looks the most like Ilya K.–maybe, although with a stretch of the imagination one could also say Gosling, if he shaved the gosling-duck-down fuzz off!

  3. knowing a bit about this project..it’s Soderbergh’s decision…not Warner’s…if he doesn’t get exactly who he wants….he’ll walk. None of these three guys mentioned is on the ‘short list’ this is all WB trying to make a power move to force Soderbergh’s hand or something. Trust me…end of next week you’ll see.
    The Wrap couldn’t get anything right to save it’s life.

  4. I’m goin’ with Skarsgard on this one also…He has the right look. But can he act? Also the production companies are going to be looking for box office power with the 18-30 year old. Time will tell. Whoever they get must have blonde hair and blue eyes

  5. Gosling for Illya Kuryakin and Gordon-Levitt as Napoleon Solo they look the part and Skarsgård as the villein i’d pay to see that i remember loving this tv show when it was re-run in the 90s more than mission imposable and that got a movie first go figure here’s hopein’ for a ‘man in a suitcase’ movie soon

  6. Have Vaughn & McCallum select who should play them.
    Make UNCLE go global,
    Have an UNCLE Airborne Command post in case Hqs is hit.
    Issue agents newer spytech & weapons.
    Update UNCLE NY Hqs.
    Pari Solo with agents by locale IE Caribbean, in case Illya cant attend for other reasons within UNCLE organz.
    Make cast International.
    Hire ex Bond castmembers???
    Hire the gal who played Moneypenny in Living Daylights.
    Issue agents custom Glock pistols?
    Reuse THRUSH carbine for UNCLE rifle to augment pistol carbine?

  7. I was around in the 60′s to see “THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.”, and my dad and I loved it, please don’t mess this up with Tom Cruise. I think Tom Cruise is a good actor, but, not for the lead in U.N.C.L.E.(Nepoleon Solo). He’s been to many hero’s to be effective in this roll. I think you’re on the right track with Alexander Skarsgard as Nepoleon Solo and Ryan Gosling as Illya Kuryakin (Has to have a Russian accent)Good Luck, and I look forward to seeing “THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.”, in the not to distant future.
    Gregg Mundy

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