I have to admit, I’ve been a lot less interested in the big screen remake of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. TV series ever since it was announced that Steven Soderbergh would not be directing and George Clooney would not be starring. Before Soderbergh dropped out, he was also pushing for Channing Tatum in the lead role, but for whatever reason that never came through and ultimately Soderbergh walked away from the project, leaving Guy Ritchie to take his place. That was over a year ago, but now we’ve finally got an update on the movie and it looks like Warner Brothers is close to landing a much bigger star for the film. Like it or not, Tom Cruise is apparently looking to turn The Man from U.N.C.L.E. into his next blockbuster franchise.
According to Deadline, Tom Cruise is in early talks to star in Guy Ritchie’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E. where he will play Napoleon Solo (assuming they haven’t changed the character’s name, that is). The role was played by Robert Vaughan in the original series with David McCallum playing Russian agent Illya Kuryakin. Joel Edgerton was once rumoured to be in line to play Kuryakin although it seems unlikely that he is still attached.
I can understand why Cruise would be interested and why Warner Brothers would want him for this role, unfortunately they also run the risk of turning this property into a rehash of the Mission: Impossible franchise. The one thing that could get me back on board is if they decide to make it a period piece set in the ’60s (which they obviously didn’t do with M:I). What do you think, is Tom Cruise the right guy to play Napoleon Solo? Does this make you more or less interested in The Man from U.N.C.L.E.?