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Henry Cavill confirms he will replace Tom Cruise in The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

06.06.2013

What a difference a little Superman can make. With MAN OF STEEL looking amazing, Henry Cavill is suddenly being associated with tons of projects. One in particular was recently vacated by Tom Cruise and costars THE LONE RANGER himself, Armie Hammer.

Last week's rumor is this week's reality as MAN OF STEEL star Henry Cavill has confirmed that he is replacing Cruise in THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. remake for director Guy Ritchie. Cavill originally auditioned for the Hammer part and now is taking the lead in the remake of the TV spy series.

The series centered on a two-man troubleshooting team working for U.N.C.L.E.: American Napoleon Solo (Robert Vaughn), and Georgian (Georgia-USSR) Illya Kuryakin (David McCallum). Leo G. Carroll played Alexander Waverly, the British head of the organization (Number One of Section One). Barbara Moore joined the cast as regular character Lisa Rogers in the fourth season. The chief enemy of the series was THRUSH. So dangerous was the threat from THRUSH that governments—even those most ideologically opposed, such as the United States and the USSR—had cooperated in the formation and operation of U.N.C.L.E. Similarly, on those occasions when Solo and Kuryakin held opposing political views, the friction between them in the storyline was held to a minimum.

Cavill will play Napoleon Solo while Hammer will portray Illya Kuryakin. No word on whether the show will be contemporary or remain set in the 1960s. It would be cool to see a retro spy movie but I would also be interested in seeing a potential competing franchise against Tom Cruise's MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE.

Cavill confirmed the role to USA Today, but remains a bit ambiguous as to where the project stands:

"Things are full-steam ahead. It's all very early days. But it's gonna happen," Cavill says before pausing. "Well, this is Hollywood. It's supposed to happen."

Hopefully all the kinks get worked out and we see this project happen and get the proposed 2014 release.

Source: USA TodayWikipedia

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7:35PM on 06/06/2013

Much Better!

I think he has the look and is young enough to pull off a similar type of character to Robert Vaughn's interpretation. Still not convinced about Armie Hammer but won't condemn the choice.
It would be great to see this set in the 1960's again; there would be lots of opportunity for technology humor and more basic fight scenes (no kung fu and wire work please). The communications and surveillance technology available today makes it hard for moviegoers to be surprised at anything writers and
I think he has the look and is young enough to pull off a similar type of character to Robert Vaughn's interpretation. Still not convinced about Armie Hammer but won't condemn the choice.
It would be great to see this set in the 1960's again; there would be lots of opportunity for technology humor and more basic fight scenes (no kung fu and wire work please). The communications and surveillance technology available today makes it hard for moviegoers to be surprised at anything writers and directors throw on-screen in present era thrillers.
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7:25PM on 06/06/2013
Glad to see the projects lining up for him. Have been a fan of the guy ever since The Tudors.
Glad to see the projects lining up for him. Have been a fan of the guy ever since The Tudors.
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7:21PM on 06/06/2013
It's early days but I'm not convinced.
It's early days but I'm not convinced.
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6:56PM on 06/06/2013

Haven't seen him lead a film successfully yet.

The Cold Light of Day anyone? Seems lined up to be the next Hayden Christensen or Sam Worthington.
And by that i mean, 1 big role, signed onto a lot of projects when their stock was high and everything after initial hit under performed.
The Cold Light of Day anyone? Seems lined up to be the next Hayden Christensen or Sam Worthington.
And by that i mean, 1 big role, signed onto a lot of projects when their stock was high and everything after initial hit under performed.
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7:25PM on 06/06/2013
Have you seen Immortals? Granted the movie wasn't great, but he most definitely held his own.
Have you seen Immortals? Granted the movie wasn't great, but he most definitely held his own.
6:12PM on 06/06/2013
Good for him, with Man of Steel looking like a surefire hit,, I am sure he will be getting many huge roles like this.
Good for him, with Man of Steel looking like a surefire hit,, I am sure he will be getting many huge roles like this.
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5:09PM on 06/06/2013
Win win for Cavill, auditioning, but then eventually getting offered the leading role. Cool. It would be cool to keep it in the 60's.
Win win for Cavill, auditioning, but then eventually getting offered the leading role. Cool. It would be cool to keep it in the 60's.
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