Tom Cruise Wants to Be ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ for Guy Ritchie
Deadline is reporting that Tom Cruise is interested in starring in the feature-length adaptation of ’The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ TV series for British director Guy Ritchie (‘Sherlock Holmes,’ ‘Snatch’). Not long ago, Steven Soderbergh was planning on directing the feature with George Clooney in the lead role, but Clooney had to drop out for surgery, and Soderbergh moved on and is now retiring, so Ritchie is at the helm.
The original series, which ran from 1964 to 1968, starred Robert Vaughan and David McCallum as agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, working for the United Network Command for Law Enforcement. The pair use gadgets and charisma to fight off evil forces — sort of like every role Tom Cruise plays these days, and we’re sure this one will also allow him to use his infamous running skills.
It’s also a chance for Cruise to team up with Ritchie, and we think Ritchie’s charismatic directing sensibilities will pair nicely with Cruise’s cocky energy. No word yet on who might play the other agent, but we’re sure that Cruise’s name could attract some pretty awesome co-stars.