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Tom Cruise is in talks to be the lead in Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E for Warner Bros Studios.
According to Deadline.com, Cruise has become Ritchie’s choice to play the lead after the negotiations with George Clooney fell through.
The 1960s show is about two agents named Napoleon Solo and Ilya Kurakin. They are agents working for U.N.C.L.E. That is the acronym for United Network Command for Law Enforcement. They are responsible for fighting the evil organization T.H.R.U.S.H. Essentially, they are two James Bond-type characters with hi-tech gizmos, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
This project has been in development limbo for about two years now. Scott Z. Burns will pen the script. He is known for writing scripts for The Bourne Ultimatum and most recently Steven Soderbergh’s “last” film, Side Effects. Burns is also writing the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes screenplay. The irony is that Soderbergh was signed on to direct but now that duty falls to Guy Ritchie.
The film does not have a set release date and there are no other actors attached.