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Tom Cruise’s big-budget “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” has found his co-star in “The Lone Ranger’s” Armie Hammer, who will be swapping one mega co-star for another. So that means the young buck will tower over yet another co-star, but will still end up with second billing on the poster. Or third billing, depending on where director Guy Ritchie’s name goes.
“The Man from UNCLE” was a TV show from the ’60s (you know, back when no one had flat screen TVs and YouTube? Ah, you kids don’t know), starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum as a pair of spies (an American and a Russian) working for the agency UNCLE, aka the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement. (Because back then people still respected the U.N. Ah, the good ol days!)
Cruise, whose attachment to the project saved it from certain doom, will play the suave American spy Napoleon Solo, while the much, MUCH younger Hammer will play his Russian counterpart, Illya Kuryakin.
It’s curious casting, to be sure. The TV show had the spies from the same generation. Not so much with the big-screen movie, apparently. I see a lot of re-writing in the works for director Guy Ritchie and whoever else is still attached to the film’s script. So many have come and go in the past, it’s hard to keep track of them all.
“The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” is, of course, being envisioned as yet another action franchise for Cruise. The dude is bloated with action franchises these days. Remember when Hollywood was writing his obituary just a few years ago? Oh, how times have changed…
Via : Heat Vision