Tom Cruise is in early talks to star in "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." for director Guy Ritchie and Warner Bros. according to Deadline.com reporter Mike Fleming on March 19. The movie is based on the series of the same name that was on television from 1964 to 1968. Napolean Solo was played by Robert Vaughn and is the spy role that Cruise would star as if the deal works out.
"The Man from U.N.C.L.E." was originally set to be a reunion for director Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns. Channing Tatum was originally considered to star in the lead role. The studio executives allegedly clashed with Soderbergh on casting and budget. This prompted the director to make "Side Effects" with Burns and Tatum instead. After Soderbergh left, "Sherlock Holmes" producer Lionel Wigram and director Guy Ritchie took things over.
Cruise is just the latest star to be connected with "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." The plan was at first set up by Warner Bros. in November 2010 utilizing Steven Soderbergh as the director and George Clooney as the star. Unfortunately, Clooney had to step down because of back surgery in August and Soderbergh had to find a replacement.
The "Mission Impossible" star is already one of Hollywood's highest paid and busiest actors. He would be even more so if he includes "U.N.C.L.E." to his work load. There is supposedly another "Mission Impossible" movie in the works and also a sequel to last year's "Jack Reacher."
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