With the news coming out that Tom Cruise had fallen off “Man From U.N.C.L.E,” Warner Bros. has acted fast to find his replacement having entered talks with Henry Cavill to star.
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He would co-star with Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander with Guy Ritchie helming.
The film is an adaptation of the 1960s TV series which followed two agents of the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement as they fought the evil agents of Thrush.
Ritchie will also produce along with producing partner Lionel Wigram. John Davis is also producing.
The interesting part about this casting is that Cavill actually met for the Hammer role when Cruise had already been negotiations for the lead. The studio obviously has a great relationship with him having worked with him on “Man of Steel” and had also been looking at him for a co-starring role opposite Chris Hemsworth in “In the Heart of the Sea.”
This is a very positive sign for a film that has been looking long and hard for its leading man going all the way back when George Clooney was attached to star and Steven Soderbergh was attached to direct. After they both left the project, Warners approached several actors to star including Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, Ben Affleck and Bradley Coooper but in each of the cases they either passed or could not make their dates work.
With Cavill’s schedule wide open having not set up his next film, its a good sign that the studio may have finally found their man. Production is set to start this fall.
Cavill can be seen next in “Man Of Steel.” He is repped by CAA and United Agents.