‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ Reveals First Image of Henry Cavill in Guy Ritchie’s New Spy Film
It’s been a little while since we’ve gotten a new Guy Ritchie film—three years, in fact–but the director is currently working on a film adaptation of the classic spy series ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,’ starring ‘Man of Steel’ Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer. Today brings our first sneak peek at the upcoming film, featuring Cavill, Hammer, and co-star Alicia Vikander, which means a trailer should be coming along shortly.
The ‘60s TV series followed two of the top agents of the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement, who fight against those that would disrupt the peace, often battling agents of the organization known as THRUSH. The new film will also take place in the ‘60s, with ‘Social Network’ star Armie Hammer in the role of Illya Kuyrakin and Superman Henry Cavill taking the role of Napoleon Solo (yes, those are actually their character names).
Warner Bros. has revealed the first photo (via Collider), which gives us a sense of the look of the film, as well as the retro styling of the characters—which isn’t too obvious or gimmicky. Ritchie’s last film was 2011's ‘Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows,’ which wasn’t very well-received among critics. Before he entered the world of Sherlock, Ritchie’s previous effort was the underrated and oft-overlooked ‘RocknRolla,’ featuring upcoming ‘Fantastic Four’ villain Toby Kebbell.
We’re curious to see if much has changed with Ritchie in the few years that he’s been hanging back, and hopeful that ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ will remind us why we liked him so much in the first place.
‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ also stars Elizabeth Debicki (who gave one hell of a performance in ‘The Great Gatsby’) and Jared Harris. Here’s the official synopsis:
Henry Cavill (‘Man of Steel’) stars as Napoleon Solo opposite Armie Hammer (‘The Social Network’) as Illya Kuryakin in director Guy Ritchie’s action adventure “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” a fresh take on the hugely popular 1960s television series.
Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’ centers on CIA agent Solo and KGB agent Kuryakin. Forced to put aside longstanding hostilities, the two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. The duo’s only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe.
The film hits theaters on August 14, 2015.