When last we talked about Guy Ritchie’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E. adaptation, Tom Cruise was set to star as one half of the agents of the United Network Command for Law Enforcement. It looks like Armie Hammer (The Social Network) will be playing the other half. The original 1960s series starred Robert Vaughan and David McCallum as Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, two agents who fought against the evil organization known as T.H.R.U.S.H. using only their wits and specialized weapons and gadgets. It looks like Cruise will be playing Solo while Hammer takes on Kuryakin. Hit the jump for more.
Deadline reports that Hammer will join Cruise in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. adaptation for Warner Bros. The picture previously had Steven Soderbergh set to direct with George Clooney starring, but the latter dropped out due to surgery which would have limited him in a physical role. Steve recently spoke to Hammer about his upcoming roles, including this very one (which he couldn’t say too much about). Cruise’s latest work, Oblivion, is currently in theaters now. Hammer will next be seen in Disney’s The Lone Ranger alongside Johnny Depp.
Check out the intro from the original series below: