Fresh off this morning’s new images unveiling, Warner Bros. has released the first The Man from U.N.C.L.E. trailer for director Guy Ritchie’s adaptation of the 1960s TV series of the same name. Set during the height of the Cold War, the film stars Armie Hammer and Henry Cavill as a KGB agent and CIA agent, respectively, who are forced to team up in a joint mission to stop a mysterious criminal organization from proliferating nuclear weapons and technology. If you’ve seen Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes films, then this trailer will probably look familiar. He’s essentially pulling the same schtick, only this time in a 1960s setting. That’s not inherently a bad thing, but I’d be lying if I said this trailer didn’t make me really want to see what Steven Soderbergh had planned for the film.
Nevertheless, Cavill looks like he’s having a lot of fun and his debonair American attitude is spot on (it’s easy to see why Tom Cruise was initially cast in this role). I’m a fan of Hammer’s as well, and while he doesn’t say much in this trailer, he does the “quiet Russian” thing really well. All in all Ritchie looks to have put together a period-set action movie with a comedic twist, all done in his signature style. In other words, if you liked the Sherlock Holmes movies, I imagine you’ll like Man from U.N.C.L.E. as well. Watch the Man from U.N.C.L.E. trailer below. The film also stars Alicia Vikander, Hugh Grant, Elizabeth Debicki, and Jared Harris. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. opens in theaters on August 14th. Trailer via Warner Bros.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Man from U.N.C.L.E.:
Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. centers on CIA agent Solo and KGB agent Kuryakin. Forced to put aside longstanding hostilities, the two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. The duo’s only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe.