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Armie Hammer joins Tom Cruise in ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’

By Daniel S Levine,

Warner Bros.’ The Man from U.N.C.L.E. movie is finally getting moving after enduring several major changes behind the scenes. Tom Cruise and Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie are now attached, and The Lone Ranger’s Armie Hammer joined on Wednesday.

Both Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the news. The original show, which ran from 1964-1968, featured American spy Napoleon Solo and Soviet spy Illya Kuryakin, who were played by Robert Vaughan and David McCallum, respectively. Cruise will play Vaughn’s role, while Hammer will fill McCallum’s shoes.

Cruise joined the film in March, helping to get the project going again. The film has had a hard time finding a lead actor, since George Clooney dropped out. There were rumors that Bradley cooper might be interested, but there were no further reports on that.

Ritchie was hired to replace Steven Soderbergh, who left back in November 2011. Ritchie was hired a month later.

There’s no release date for U.N.C.L.E. yet. Cruise just returned to the big screen with the sci-fi epic Oblivion, while Hammer will next be seen in the title role in Disney’s The Lone Ranger. Hammer is best known for his breakout role in The Social Network, playing both Winklevoss twins.

 
 

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