You’ve probably heard this a hundred times by now, but for a guy who claims to be retiring, Steven Soderbergh sure is on a tear. Hell, he’s so busy, guy is doing second unit directing work for his buddies now.
In any case, Soderbergh has been attached to a big-screen adaptation of “The Man from UNCLE” for some time now, and even with George Clooney taking himself out of the running for one of the roles, Warner Bros. is still moving forward on the project.
The Wrap is reporting that the studio has a list of actors including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ryan Gosling, and Alexander Skarsgaard that it would like to play one of the film’s two main characters. That would be blond spying hunk Ilya Kuryakin, played by David McCallum in the original TV show. (McCallum is still doing regular TV work as Ducky on CBS’ long running “NCIS” for those of you who have never seen “The Man from UNCLE”.)
Clooney was supposed to play Napolean Solo, originally played by Robert Vaughn in the original. Despite the title, the show actually had two main characters — Solo and Kuryakin. The movie is expected to continue that buddy cop formula.
Whoever lands the role, and whenever the movie ends up on the big screen, it’s expected to still be set in the ’60s, with the men of spy agency UNCLE battling the evil THRUSH fiends. Probably a lot like the “Austin Powers” movie, minus the bad teeth and silly mojo.