Warner Bros. is working hard to get its DC Movie Universe up and running at full speed, but the studio isn’t just banking on superhero franchises for its future. One upcoming film that could give rise to a sequel (or more) is The Man from U.N.C.L.E., a modernized take on the 1960s spy TV show (of the same name), from Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie.
Man from U.N.C.L.E. the movie still takes place in the 1960s and stars Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) as American CIA agent Napoleon Solo. Agent Solo is forced to work alongside the Russian KGB agent Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) on a mission to stop “a mysterious international criminal organization” (as the official synopsis puts it), bent on starting a global nuclear war. WB debuted an extended trailer for Ritchie’s film during the studio’s 2015 San Diego Comic-Con panel, but you can now watch the five-minute clip online (see above).
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. SDCC 2015 preview includes extended versions of a couple sequences featured in previously-released trailers for the film, such as the first encounter between Solo and Kuryakin (by way of a night-time chase), as well as the fisticuffs and biting remarks that pass between them, upon them becoming partnered. The SDCC preview later culminates with an impressive montage of rapid-fire snippets from the film’s various action sequences, showing off more of Ritchie’s signature sleek filmmaking style and spectacle.
Also along for the fun in Man from U.N.C.L.E. is Ex Machina breakout star Alicia Vikander as Gaby Teller, a fellow agent who has more than a little bit of chemistry with Kuryakin, as it turns out. Meanwhile, Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby) plays Victoria Vinciguerra, the criminal mastermind behind the plot to start WWIII, while such lauded character actors as Jared Harris (who worked with Ritchie on Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) and Hugh Grant pop up as Soto and Kuryakin’s superiors in the film.
Man from U.N.C.L.E., by the look of it, could be a purer throwback to 1960s/70s spy movies than director Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service – complete with appropriately retro stylistic flourishes (split screens) and classic James Bond-style gadgets (for example, see Hammer’s laser wire-cutter in the Comic-Con trailer). All things considered, Ritchie’s new film – which he co-wrote alongside longtime producer Lionel Wigram – could be the perfect bit of slick escapist fun, to help close out the Summer 2015 Blockbuster season.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. opens in U.S. theaters on August 14th, 2015.
Source: Warner Bros.