Tom Cruise in Talks to Star in Director Guy Ritchie’s THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.

     March 18, 2013


Reports have Tom Cruise in early talks to star in The Man from U.N.C.L.E., the Warner Bros. feature adaptation of the 1960s series.  The show starred Robert Vaughan and David McCallum as Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, agents of the United Network Command for Law Enforcement who used gadgets and wits to fight against the evil organization known as T.H.R.U.S.H.  Guy Ritchie (Snatch) will direct from a Scott Z. Burns (The Bourne Ultimatum) script.  Hit the jump for more.

tom-cruise-imageDeadline reports that Cruise is in early talks for The Man from U.N.C.L.E. for Warner Bros.  The studio previously had Steven Soderbergh in line to direct with George Clooney starring, but the latter dropped out due to surgery which would have limited him in a physical role.  In an interview with our own Steve Weintraub, screenwriter Burns recently talked at length about his treatment for the feature adaptation, saying:

“Steven and I both loved it because it was a way of doing a spy movie and setting up a really interesting character that was fascinating to us, because U.N.C.L.Ewasn’t affiliated with the US or with Russia, it was this great Cold War thing.  And now spies have all these great toys but we would have to take some of them away, because it was the 60s and there would be different plots because you didn’t always have a cell and you couldn’t solve problems with some of the things now.  

So we had this idea based on something happening in the real world where there was this—I’ll tell you what, here I’ll reveal a whole bunch.  I don’t know if Warner Brothers is going to use this but there was a thing that happened with a B-52 bomber in like 1966 or 1967 over Spain where it was refueling and there was an accident and it lost its payload and three bombs fell on Spain and the Atlantic, and they hadn’t been armed, but the contained warheads.  So we scattered plutonium all over a farm field in Spain, the second bomb was recovered, but the there was a period of time when the third bomb was laying on the floor of the Mediterranean and no one could find it and so it was the race to find it that was what our episode was about, which I thought was going to be really, really cool and I’m bummed we didn’t get to do it.”

This project could turn into another possible franchise for Cruise, who already boasts the success of the Mission: Impossible films and will reportedly return for a follow-up to Jack Reacher, in which he played the title character.  Cruise will next star in Joseph Kosinski’s sci-fi thriller Oblivion, opening April 19th.


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  • flaarn

    The thing I appreciate most about Tom Cruise is his range and courage in material. I would never have pictured him in a sci-fi or spy or spy-fi movie.

    • The kid

      3 oscar noms

      • The Adult

        Hey, Hilary Swank has 2 Best Actress Oscars in the past 13 years, yet if I asked 100 people on the street who the ten best actresses are currently in Hollywood do you think her name would come up once? Clooney has 3 nominations, with one win, Gary Oldman got his first ever last year when Clooney got his third. Oscar noms don’t mean crap.

    • RunnerX13

      Hu? Ever hear of Mission Impossible?

      • WalkerY31

        Huh? Ever hear of sarcasm?


    great !!!
    he wasn’t Jack Reacher and now he is gonna fu** up The Man From U.N.C.L.E as well

    • Anonymous

      too right about that!

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  • cruise keeps winning

    forget about his beliefs in scientology…. bar none he has been the biggest movie star the last
    20+ yrs and his work ethic and treatment of cast and especially the crew are the stuff of legends. This is a guy who could be the biggest dbag in the industry, rightfully so if he wanted, but he is the most down to earth star you will ever meet. dudes aces in my book.

    can’t wait for oblivion and all u need is kill!

  • sloan

    To Read: Tom Cruise takes every job offered to him ever. Lol, but in all seriousness, good for him. He’s the new morgan freeman/samuel l jackson.

    • GunsOfNavarone

      To be honest, I’d prefer a little break from him. He’s been burning the candle at both ends for quite a while now. No sooner has one film faded into obscurity, he’s out in another.

      • lulzatron

        He was in 5 movies over that past 5 years. Not exactly slaving away at them…

  • lulzatron

    Newsflash: Action stars appear in Action movies.

  • Ilikewoman

    IDK why but I can’t see Guy Ritchie making a movie without all the British in it.

  • TotesMcGotes

    I like Tom Cruise,but my God,he seems to be in everything.

  • Chris

    lame director, horrible actor. yeah lets get them to work together, no harm done!

  • Irisheyes0620

    No!!! Tom cruise would not be a good fit for this. Ewwwww!

  • Franklin

    If he takes on Man from UNCLE, then all these spy movie franchises are going to blend together even more so into one generic mess.

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  • Yvonne

    Don’t get the Tom Cruise hate… it’s basically people buying into the rubbish the media puts out about celebrities. Anyway, he’s a talented actor and extremely committed to his work. Pretty sure this film will be a hit (with or without him in it, but extra sure if he is).

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