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Tom Cruise drops out of Guy Ritchie's The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Recasting now underway

May. 24, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Tom Cruise seemed to be lining up a new franchise oddly similar to his MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE films when he signed to star in THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. opposite Armie Hammer for director Guy Ritchie. So, when it was announced that MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5 was a go, Cruise had to make a choise and has now bid farewell to U.N.C.L.E.. The problem is that Ritchie was getting ready to shoot his movie later this year and now the search is underway for a new leading man.

Deadline reports that Warner Bros. is searching for someone to fill Cruise's shoes in the film inspired by the original TV series ran from 1964-68, with Robert Vaughan and David McCallum playing Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, two agents of the United Network Command for Law Enforcement. With gadgets and their wits and charm, they fought the evil forces of Thrush. THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. was previously set to star George Clooney before he and then director Steven Soderbergh dropped the project.

It remains to be seen what type of star WB is looking for to replace Cruise. With this being such a high profile film, who would have enough star power to carry the lead? Since Ritchie is directing, I would think Robert Downey, Jr. could fill the role nicely. But, he is looking to step away from franchise filmmaking, so I don't know if he would do it. Who do you think would be a good replacement?

Source: Deadline

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9:57AM on 05/27/2013

Here's an odd choice, but...

... how about James McAvoy?
... how about James McAvoy?
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3:14PM on 05/26/2013
Fassbender or Hardy
Fassbender or Hardy
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1:56AM on 05/25/2013

So if they're looking to fill Cruise's shoes...

...then I'm guessing the studio is looking for a proven leading man with mass appeal, and for there to be a noticeable age difference of at least a few years between Hammer and the new guy. My top 5 most obvious suggestions:

1. Robert Downey, Jr. (He actually just recently said that he was looking to establish a new NON-IRON MAN franchise, not take a break from franchises as a whole. This would fit the bill nicely.)
2. Brad Pitt (If you're trying to fill in for Cruise then this is really
...then I'm guessing the studio is looking for a proven leading man with mass appeal, and for there to be a noticeable age difference of at least a few years between Hammer and the new guy. My top 5 most obvious suggestions:

1. Robert Downey, Jr. (He actually just recently said that he was looking to establish a new NON-IRON MAN franchise, not take a break from franchises as a whole. This would fit the bill nicely.)
2. Brad Pitt (If you're trying to fill in for Cruise then this is really probably the most obvious choice, and Pitt amazingly isn't attached to any franchises at the moment)
3. Hugh Jackman (As much as I love him as Wolverine, it'd be nice to see him in other action roles, too.)
4. Johnny Depp (Pirates has to finally come to an end at some point, and I'm sure he'll jump onto another franchise once it does)
5. Leonardo DiCaprio (Although this would be a little mainstream for him and he keeps threatening to take a break from acting, I'd be surprised if he didn't jump onto a more adult-oriented franchise at some point)

In terms of my personal opinion I'd love to see either Clive Owen or Michael Fassbender in this, but I think that the top 5 are the obvious choices. They're looking to launch a major franchise here and Hammer's still enough of an unknown that I see them going with someone with some proven appeal.



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12:20AM on 05/25/2013

Ritchie should cast...

Idris Elba
Idris Elba
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10:20PM on 05/24/2013

bring on the thumbs down

How about Sam Worthington ?
How about Sam Worthington ?
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1:40AM on 05/25/2013
I actually think something like this would be a great step for Worthington, the only thing is there wouldn't be much for an age gap between he and Hammer.
I actually think something like this would be a great step for Worthington, the only thing is there wouldn't be much for an age gap between he and Hammer.
7:01PM on 05/24/2013

The Man From U.N.C.L.E

I am glad Tom Cruise isnt doing Man from U.N.C.L.E....I rather see him do Mission Impossible 5...specially since Man from UNCLE would be too smiliar and he looks nothing like Robert Vaughn anyhow. (then again Armie Hammer does not look like David McCallum either)
Anyhow....my choices for replacement..> Jon Hamm, Hugh Jackman, and Fassbender.
I am glad Tom Cruise isnt doing Man from U.N.C.L.E....I rather see him do Mission Impossible 5...specially since Man from UNCLE would be too smiliar and he looks nothing like Robert Vaughn anyhow. (then again Armie Hammer does not look like David McCallum either)
Anyhow....my choices for replacement..> Jon Hamm, Hugh Jackman, and Fassbender.
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11:22PM on 05/24/2013
I think at one point Soderberg tried to get Fassbender, and the studio didn't take. Or Fassbender passed. I don't remember exactly.
I think at one point Soderberg tried to get Fassbender, and the studio didn't take. Or Fassbender passed. I don't remember exactly.
2:37PM on 05/27/2013
I like the Jon Hamm suggestion. He could fit the bill nicely to play a spy.
I like the Jon Hamm suggestion. He could fit the bill nicely to play a spy.
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5:20PM on 05/24/2013
Best news I've heard yet.

How about Gerard Butler or Clive Owen?
Best news I've heard yet.

How about Gerard Butler or Clive Owen?
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5:11PM on 05/24/2013

Jason Statham

He and Guy Ritchie need to make a film again. You know, to make up for Revolver. Fourth time's the charm.
He and Guy Ritchie need to make a film again. You know, to make up for Revolver. Fourth time's the charm.
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3:59PM on 05/24/2013
Someone must have brought Armie Hammer's height to Tom's attention.
Someone must have brought Armie Hammer's height to Tom's attention.
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3:16PM on 05/24/2013
Wise decision for Tom, MI:5 is much more anticipated.
Wise decision for Tom, MI:5 is much more anticipated.
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2:48PM on 05/24/2013
Perhaps Jon Hamm? He would be a good choice and would give a really good performance.

But the suggestions of Jackman, McGregor, and Fassbender are all spot on too.
Perhaps Jon Hamm? He would be a good choice and would give a really good performance.

But the suggestions of Jackman, McGregor, and Fassbender are all spot on too.
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2:38PM on 05/27/2013
They're good. But I really like the Jon Hamm suggestion. I think he would kill it in this movie.
They're good. But I really like the Jon Hamm suggestion. I think he would kill it in this movie.
2:44PM on 05/24/2013
Its good that he won't get more typecasted and its bad that we won't see a cruise-ritchie film.Hugh jackman,Ewan McGregor,Jude law would be good replacements.if Fassbender does this,he can't be James Bond no more
Its good that he won't get more typecasted and its bad that we won't see a cruise-ritchie film.Hugh jackman,Ewan McGregor,Jude law would be good replacements.if Fassbender does this,he can't be James Bond no more
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2:31PM on 05/24/2013

Christian Bale

Otherwise Bradley Cooper or maybe even Ryan Gosling. Sharlto Copley would work too.
Otherwise Bradley Cooper or maybe even Ryan Gosling. Sharlto Copley would work too.
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2:34PM on 05/24/2013
Ryan Gosling would be a little bit too young for the part, no ?
Ryan Gosling would be a little bit too young for the part, no ?
2:39PM on 05/24/2013
Ryan Gosling is 6 years old than Armie Hammer and older than Robert Vaughn when he first took the role.
Ryan Gosling is 6 years old than Armie Hammer and older than Robert Vaughn when he first took the role.
2:46PM on 05/24/2013
Cooper and Gosling would both work but I don't know if I would want to see them in something as mainstream as this. Ritchie is a great filmmaker and knows how to make fun and entertaing films, but Cooper and Gosling's careers are on fire right now and I would hate to see something mainstream like this get in their paths.

But if one of them had to do it, I think Cooper is more suited for the role.
Cooper and Gosling would both work but I don't know if I would want to see them in something as mainstream as this. Ritchie is a great filmmaker and knows how to make fun and entertaing films, but Cooper and Gosling's careers are on fire right now and I would hate to see something mainstream like this get in their paths.

But if one of them had to do it, I think Cooper is more suited for the role.
2:57PM on 05/24/2013
Napoleon Solo is a very cool guy and there is no-one in Hollywood cooler than Ryan Gosling right now. I'd choose him over Bradley Cooper... but only just.
Napoleon Solo is a very cool guy and there is no-one in Hollywood cooler than Ryan Gosling right now. I'd choose him over Bradley Cooper... but only just.
2:26PM on 05/24/2013

Hard to choose.

Leonardo Di Caprio would suit the role as they need a "classy" actor. He's more or less bankable so Warner wouldn't have a problem to hire him. Jude Law can fit but I don't think his name would be a money maker.
Ben Affleck maybe ?
Leonardo Di Caprio would suit the role as they need a "classy" actor. He's more or less bankable so Warner wouldn't have a problem to hire him. Jude Law can fit but I don't think his name would be a money maker.
Ben Affleck maybe ?
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5:23PM on 05/24/2013
Di Caprio is a good choice. He has a faint resemblance to a young Robert Vaughn too.
Di Caprio is a good choice. He has a faint resemblance to a young Robert Vaughn too.
2:19PM on 05/24/2013
MI:5!!!!!
MI:5!!!!!
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2:07PM on 05/24/2013
THE EVEN MORE DREADED DOUBLE POST
THE EVEN MORE DREADED DOUBLE POST
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2:00PM on 05/24/2013

The dreaded "search for a new male lead"

How bout Michael Fassbender? And if not him Joel Edgerton? And if not him Jude Law? And if not him Bradley Cooper? And if not him Ewan McGregor.....
How bout Michael Fassbender? And if not him Joel Edgerton? And if not him Jude Law? And if not him Bradley Cooper? And if not him Ewan McGregor.....
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11:25PM on 05/24/2013
I see what you're doing there.
I see what you're doing there.
1:56PM on 05/24/2013

How about......

Bradley Cooper.....with the guidance from Ritchie and his typical style, it might work.
Bradley Cooper.....with the guidance from Ritchie and his typical style, it might work.
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1:54PM on 05/24/2013
Armie Hammer can play both roles.
Armie Hammer can play both roles.
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1:51PM on 05/24/2013
Sucks that Cruise dropped out. Was really looking forward to seeing him in a Guy Ritchie film. How about Jude Law or Clive Owen to replace Cruise. Granted not the same star quality, but both really good actors.
Sucks that Cruise dropped out. Was really looking forward to seeing him in a Guy Ritchie film. How about Jude Law or Clive Owen to replace Cruise. Granted not the same star quality, but both really good actors.
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