Hot potato! Tom Cruise is the latest A-lister to circle the long in the works adaptation of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.. Based on the 1960’s spy action series, U.N.C.L.E. follows American agent Napoleon Solo and Soviet agent Illya Kuryakin during the Cold War. Many feel that this casting will not take given the history of this project. Then again, Tom Cruise loves playing a spy. He’s got like nine spy movies under his belt at this point.
Previously, Steven Soderbergh was attached to direct but when he couldn’t get George Clooney to sign on, the project went into a tailspin. The studio considered Bradley Cooper, Channing Tatum, Joel Kinnaman, Ryan Gosling and Michael Fassbender but those castings did not come to fruition. Guy Ritchie is currently in the director’s chair but hasn’t had much luck casting this sumbitch either after offers to Ben Affleck and Matt Damon were turned down. If Cruise decides to pass, Ritchie will also walk. Why they don’t just offer it to Liam Neeson, I do not know. He’ll star in anything.
Not to tell studios how to do their job or anything, but I think they’d have a lot more luck finding their lead if the character wasn’t named Napoleon Solo. Sounds porny. (THR)