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Apparently one International spy movie franchise is enough for Tom Cruise. The actor has now withdrawn from Warner Bros.’ big screen adaptation of “The Man from UNCLE”, which was supposed to star Cruise and “The Lone Ranger’s” Armie Hammer as his spy buddy.
Word is, Cruise would rather spend the time prepping for “UNCLE” by prepping for “Mission Impossible 5″ instead, which makes perfect sense if you think about it. The two movies are essentially the same beasts, but “MI5″ has the benefit of being an established franchise and a surefire hit when it opens next year (or thereabouts).
“Man from UNCLE” would have starred Cruise and the much, much younger Hammer (left) as spies for the organization UNCLE. Cruise would have played the suave American agent Napoleon Solo, while Hammer is still set to play his Russian counterpart Illya Kuryakin. The two characters were originally played by Robert Vaughan and David McCallum in the 1960s TV show.
Curiously enough, although the characters are contemporaries on the show, that would have been impossible on the big-screen adaptation given that Cruise is almost double Hammer’s age. Hell, they could be father and son!
Warner Bros. is still intent on a Fall start date for the film, though, what with a big director like Guy Ritchie already committed and a script that they apparently like. Of course, now they’ll need to find a replacement for Cruise. It will be interesting to see where they go with the casting, and whether the replacement will be Cruise’s age or younger to match up with Hammer. I suspect they might potentially go younger and set up a new franchise with two young leads that could continue on with future films. Just a guess, anyway.
Via : Deadline