With the recent news that Tom Cruise would be dropping out of Guy Ritchie’s feature treatment of the 60s show The Man from U.N.C.L.E. in order to focus on Mission: Impossible 5, it looks like Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) might swoop in to save the day. Warner Bros. is apparently flying high on Cavill with positive buzz surrounding their upcoming Superman movie and has entered into talks with the star for the studio’s action comedy. Hit the jump for more.
Variety reports that Warner Bros. and Cavill are in talks for The Man from U.N.C.L.E., an adaptation of the series that followed two agents of the United Network Command for Law Enforcement as they fought the evil agents of Thrush. Cruise was previously set to play Napoleon Solo, who was originally portrayed by Robert Vaughan in the TV series. Oddly enough, when Cruise was in negotiations for one of the leads, Cavill actually met with WB brass for the role opposite him. That role, the part of Illya Kuryakin – played by David McCallum originally – then went to Armie Hammer, who is still attached. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. also stars Alicia Vikander.
This comes as great news for the studio, Cavill and the project itself. Cavill had yet to add any other features to his upcoming schedule and WB had been having trouble getting this project off the ground. At one point, Steven Soderbergh was attached to direct with George Clooney set to star. When they left for various reasons – Clooney cited health issues – the project seemed to stall. Here’s hoping that having the Man of Steel and the Lone Ranger on board will be enough to push it forward. Oh, and don’t worry about Cruise; I’m sure he’ll be just fine.