Armie Hammer Joins Tom Cruise's 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'Damon Houx |
Though we had heard rumors about Tom Cruise starring in a Guy Ritchie-helmed adaptation of 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,' it looks like the project is moving forward and has just added Armie Hammer as Cruise's partner in arms.
This news comes from Deadline, and his casting doesn't give a sense of the sort of movie they're making. Guy Ritchie tends to make films with a comic edge to them (like his 'Sherlock Holmes' movies or 'Snatch'), and though Hammer is known for his good looks, he's also shown that he doesn't take himself seriously and is happy to make fun of himself. But Tom Cruise is someone who's known for being serious and intense, and has eschewed comedies since 'Jerry Maguire' (excluding 'Tropic Thunder,' which he did in a fat suit and covered in prosthetics).
Knowing the tone would be good because there's got to be some sort of dividing line between this and Cruise's other 60's TV spy show movie franchise 'Mission: Impossible.' There's got to something that sets them apart, right?
The duo would be taking on the roles originally played by Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, but as the film will likely be targeted at an audience who has never seen the original series, it's unlikely that the duo will take much from their predecessors.