Henry Cavill May Replace Tom Cruise in ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’

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Henry Cavill The Man From UNCLE Henry Cavill May Replace Tom Cruise in The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

That didn’t take long. Only a week after Tom Cruise departed The Man from U.N.C.L.E. to focus on Mission: Impossible 5, director Guy Ritchie may have already found a super new lead.

According to new reports, Man of Steel star Henry Cavill is in active negotiations to star in the adaptation. If cast, Cavill would join Armie Hammer as one of two secret agents working for U.N.C.L.E. (the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement).

Variety was the first to report Cavill’s possible involvement in the film, noting that the actor’s schedule is wide open, making him a good last-minute replacement for Cruise. It’s a smart choice for another reason, too: Cavill’s (potential) star power. Assuming Man of Steel does the kind of business that industry analysts are projecting, Cavill will be a bona fide box office star by the time the movie comes out. Will he be as big a name as Cruise? No, but he will have plenty of name recognition, and that’s a big deal.

Given that most modern audiences will be unfamiliar with the original 1960s TV series, casting an A-lister in the lead role is important. Pairing Cavill with Armie Hammer (who is testing his own leading man chops in Disney’s The Lone Ranger) is a great way to lock in two rising stars and breathe some life into a property with less built-in brand recognition.

Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel1 Henry Cavill May Replace Tom Cruise in The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

It’s been a long road for The Man from U.N.C.L.E. to date. At one point, the film was going to be directed by Steven Soderbergh, with George Clooney attached to star. Then Clooney dropped out and Bradley Cooper and Channing Tatum were floated as replacements. After that, Soderbergh dropped out and was replaced by Ritchie. When Cruise left the film, it seemed like one more stroke of bad luck for Warner Bros.

But if Cavill signs on for the film, the studio should be able to breathe easy…for now at least. What do you think of Cavill joining the film? Is he a good choice to replace Tom Cruise? Let us know in the comments.


The Man from U.N.C.L.E. doesn’t have a release date yet.

Source: Variety

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  1. Henry was in the running for and has still expressed interest in playing Bond.
    Should Cavill take this Bond-like role it would be recognition any future
    Bond possibility is distant if not dimmed entirely in the future.

    • Well Roger Moore played Simon Templar in “The Saint”, which was pretty much Bond. Pierce Brosnan was in Remington steele.. So maybe it wouldn’t have a bad effect as long as it’s a few years down the line and TMF U.N.C.L.E doesn’t have endless sequels for years to come.

      • Yes, it can work in his favor. I thought myself the timing
        could be right for Henry down the road and he is young
        enough that he does not have to be the next Bond.
        Henry to slide into the part after the next actor.

  2. Yes. Well, when MOS hits once and for all Cavill will have the world for his taking.

    He’s been a hot property ever since the first attempt to turn the “Twilight” saga into a film series. Stephanie Meyer personally wanted him to play ‘Edward.’

    And as most peeps know, he was cast as Supes in McG’s aborted Superman flick.

    As for Bond, the two guys that had always seemed to be in the running, once Craig hangs it up, were Cavill and Michael Fassbender. Who knows?

    I would think that Cavill being this generation’s Superman will be enough to keep him busy enough and in the public eye.

    Warner Brothers and DC, I’m sure, will keep him for future projects. Cavill won’t have any problems paying his bills….

    • Playing Superman is not always a good thing.

      Name 5 movies where Christopher Reeves was known for.

      Look at other people who have played Superman or Superboy. Their careers became stagnant.

      How many movies was Brandon Routh known for after Superman Returns?

      • I already brought up Brandon Routh. And we didn’t see his career go up, up and away because, frankly – he sucked. The only reason Bryan Singer selected him was because he was a poor man’s Christopher Reeve.

        You do make somewhat of a point. It has sometimes been referred to as the “Superman” curse.

        The major problem for an actor who successfully portrays Superman is that he is an iconic figure who doesn’t wear a mask. Unlike Batman or Spiderman or even Iron Man, his face is there for all to see.

        But I think that in our ever changing culture, in terms of pop culture and entertainment, the viewing audience can over look such things. If Cavill does the smart thing and pursues film roles that are challenging and far different than Supes, his talent will go a long way.

        I certainly wish him the best. Taking on this particular role that Cruise left vacant would be a great move for Cavill.

        • Better yet guys, name what Movies they were in before Superman. Cavill, thankfully, has already tested his acting chops and has got some pretty good roles under his belt. Cavil in Tudors was amazing and he was great in Immortals. BTW, no disrespect to my childhood superman but Cavill is in a far better position as Zach Snyder’s Superman because this Superman unlike the others isn’t one dimmensional. He gets to flex his acting talent which makes him a good choice for other projects. If Boston can break the curse so can Superman.

          • + Infinity

          • Immortals…..playing off Clash of the Titans…SUCKED!

            Cold Light of Day….SUCKED

            This is not me, it is the vast majority of people who went to see those films.

            Rotten Tomatoes cant be wrong about both films..can they?

            Now I am sorry if I twisted any Henry Cavill fans out there..Wait no seriously I am not.

        • This guy ain’t gonna have no problem with landing roles. He is going to become the biggest, most powerful male star in the world and he’s going to be around for a long, long time. Mark my words. This guy is set for life!

  3. Tom Cruise was so wrong for this role. I’m delighted that Cavill might be cast for the role. He certainly looks the part. Hopefully he can act the part, too.

    • If I were Cavill, which I’m certainly not, I would be looking at the director of this film and be asking myself if I could do better. If Superman is the huge pick it is going to be why not try to link up with a stronger story teller?

  4. Of course he can act. What a stupid thing to say.

    He was great in the Tudors. Was also very good in “The Immortals.” And even though I didn’t particularly like the flick, Cavill was very good opposite Sigounrney Weaver and Bruce Willis in ” The Cold Light Of Day.”

    And all of these roles were diverse.

    He wasn’t cast in MOS simply because he looked the part. Just from the trailers and TV spots, he has seemed to have sold to the public that he’s gonna be a phenomenal Superman. I think we’re all lucky enough to get a great and convincing actor to play Superman for this new generation.

    Whatever happened to Brandon Routh and Tom Welling???


  5. I wonder is this going to be set in the 60’s or the modern day ether way it will be good

  6. I;m pretty sure Cavill’s career will be prosperous.

  7. Henry Cavill is a wonderful actor. IMO, he stole the show in the Tudors, and made the series interesting. He was the perfect balance for Jonathan Rhys Myers’ blustering Henry VIII.

    And Cavill as Bond? Yes please!

    But I digress… Cavill would be great for Man from Uncle. Since I hate Tom Cruise, pretty much any actor would do a way better job!

  8. I wonder is this going to be set in the 60′s or the modern day ether way it will be good

  9. i would rather see cavil in this than tom cruise .

  10. They really did push Cruise out of this, didn’t they? Now the “Hammer is still firmly attached” statements in the stories a few days ago make some sense. I’m not crazy about either one, but Hammer paired with Cavill makes more sense than Hammer paired with Cruise ever did, and it’s clear they are very confident about MOS.

    • Cruise, to me is just cant carry the tough guy role…never could honestly.

  11. Actually, Hammer should play Solo and Cavill should play Illya Kuryakin. Still cant have the main character over shadowed by the second banana.

    • Do you always think “backwards?”

      • I am sorry, did my opinion bother you?

        Get over it. I did.

        • Keep on apologizing. It’s not your fault your parents decided to have you.

  12. Soon they will get together again! Cavill obviously as Superman + Hammer as the new Batman in Justice League… :)

    • Right. No one has brought up the irony that Hammer was gonna be Bats in that aborted “Justice League” flick.

      • I like Hammer but I just can’t see him as Bruce Wayne.
        It’s not his fault but he seems to “all american good guy” compared to the darker, tortured Bruce Wayne.
        That’s just me though, I can understand those who disagree.

        • I do like Hammer well-enough too and
          I agree he is not well-suited for Batman.

          I don’t see him as The Lone Ranger either but
          that upcoming film is The Lone Ranger in name only.

          • In a strange way I kind of feel bad for the guy.
            Ask any casual moviegoer who’s in The Lone Ranger and they’ll say Johnny Depp. Then ask specifically who plays the Lone Ranger and I guarantee 90% will have no idea.

            • Yeah, it’s not Hammer’s fault other
              than accepting the role to begin with
              but we can’t blame him for that either.

  13. Cavill for U.N.C.L.E. Nice. And for Bond ? Even better. Credit to Daniel Craig for defying critics’ prediction of his 007 by the way. He’s done mightily well.

  14. Superman and the Lone Ranger caught up in (presumably) foreign intrigue.

    Cavill and Hammer would seem to cancel each other out by their general appearance (unless one of them have an industrial accident, Heaven forbid).

    Just spitballing here, but if Cavill is cast, it will destroy any consideration EON Production may have been willing to give him for the role of James Bond in the future; and should he get the role of Napoleon Solo, it would seem almost certain Hammer will be replaced (too much white bread) with Idris Elba or someone of that type.

    Cavill returning as Superman (which most feel he will) and then possibly in a sequel to U.N.C.L.E. if that film is a hit…well, he’ll solidly be regarded as a “franchise actor” which could have considerable blow-back on his career (unlike Daniel Craig who, since assuming the face of 007, have taken on a bevy of unrelated roles in numerous films).

    Anyway, the bottom line on THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. is not the director, or casting (that’s marketing panache); it’s that damn script. That’s the focus. Get it right: don’t let the 2nd act sag or the 3rd act disappoint.

    It could be what the 1968 TV series was intended to be, the American answer to the British secret agent.

  15. Henry Cavill will prove to be a a far better actor that he is currently estimated to be.
    I could be wrong but I sense an enormous potential for Henry and I hope I am right.
    By the way, he was great in “The Count Of Monte Cristo” (one of my all-time favs).

  16. Admittedly, I have not seen Cavill, yet: “Man of Steel” will rectify that, of course. We’ll see what he does with the role. When I first heard he was attached to the property, I was deeply dismayed. He didn’t look any more like Superman than I do and, say what you will, there is a physical appearance that is presupposed, perhaps far more than any other hero. A few months later, Voila! He looks like the real deal.

    Some of us recall “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” very well. Loved it. One of my favorite shows at the time(though, as I was a Spock fan amidst a bevy of Kirk fans for original Trek, I was an Ilya fan in a sea of Napoleon lovers).

    If the script is updated and the spirit of the show maintained, that is, the movie does not take itself too seriously, it could be not only a good part for Cavill but great fun, overall.

    Cruise does well in “MI”, but he’s not suave, debonair or urbanely witty, as Napoleon Solo is supposed to be: never a wrinkle in the tux. Cruise does physical action movies fine–the sweaty t-shirt stuff, climbing, running and swinging through the air. “U.N.C.L.E.” has none of that. I’m surprised he was considered in the first place.

  17. Okay, just saw this….haven’t read all the comments but got the gist, as it were, so I won’t comment to everything.
    Here’s my take and I’ll only say it once: why in heavens name does Hollywood have to do so many “remakes” most of which bomb? I grew up with the original MFU and IMHO..NO ONE can replace either Robert or David. So why bother trying? What’s the point? Play the original series on “TV-Land Channel” nation wide so a new younger crowd can appreciate the original the way WE DID! Leave it alone and move on…OR better yet, get some IMAGINATION and stop being repeat offenders Hollywood!!!!

  18. I saw the MOS bad movie seemed to be in a video game, henry cavill in the whole movie has not moved a muscle of his face looked like a wax statue. actor more ‘lucky than good!