The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (film)

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The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. poster.jpg
Teaser poster
Directed by Guy Ritchie
Produced by
Screenplay by
  • Lionel Wigram
  • Guy Ritchie
Based on The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 
by Sam Rolfe
Music by Daniel Pemberton
Cinematography John Mathieson
Edited by
  • James Herbert
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release dates
  • August 14, 2015 (2015-08-14)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $75 million[1]

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is an upcoming spy-fi action comedy film directed by Guy Ritchie and co-written by Lionel Wigram, based on the 1964 MGM television series of the same name created by Sam Rolfe. The film stars Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Elizabeth Debicki, Alicia Vikander, and Hugh Grant. The film will be released on August 14, 2015.


Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s period of the Cold War, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. centers on U.N.C.L.E. agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin. The two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. The duo’s only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find her and prevent a worldwide catastrophe.




Producer John Davis optioned the film rights to the 1960s TV show in 1993, setting up a development deal with Warner Bros. and series producer Norman Felton for a film adaptation. Davis estimated he commissioned 12 or 14 different scripts over the course of 20 years, with writers Jim and John Thomas, John Requa and Glenn Ficarra and Scott Z. Burns. Quentin Tarantino was briefly attached following the success of Pulp Fiction, but opted to make Jackie Brown instead. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. continued to labor in development hell with directors Matthew Vaughn and David Dobkin.[9] Steven Soderbergh was attached to direct Scott Z. Burns's screenplay, with production slated to begin in March 2012. Executives from Warner Bros. wanted the budget to stay below $60 million, but Soderbergh felt that amount would not be adequate to fund the 1960s-era sets and props and international settings required in the film.[10] Emily Blunt was nearly cast as the female lead,[11] but Soderbergh departed in November 2011.[12]

Guy Ritchie signed on in March 2013.[13] On July 31, 2013, it was announced that Ritchie's adaptation would start filming in September 2013 in London and Italy.[14][15]


In November 2010, George Clooney showed interest in the film[16] and was in talks for the main role of Napoleon Solo, but he left in September 2011 due to a recurring back injury.[17][18] After Clooney's departure, actors including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ryan Gosling, Channing Tatum, Alexander Skarsgård, Ewan McGregor, Robert Pattinson, Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Michael Fassbender, Bradley Cooper, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joel Kinnaman, Russell Crowe, Chris Pine, Ryan Reynolds, and Jon Hamm were considered for the lead role.[19] On March 18, 2013, Tom Cruise was in early talks to take the lead in the film.[13] Armie Hammer was cast in the second lead role as Illya Kuryakin on April 24, 2013, with Cruise as Solo.[3] Swedish actress Alicia Vikander joined the film on May 8, 2013 as the female lead.[5] On May 23, 2013, Cruise dropped out of the film, due to his commitment to Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.[20][21] British actor Henry Cavill replaced Cruise in the lead role.[1][2][22] Elizabeth Debicki was cast in a femme fatale role on July 31, 2013; Rose Byrne and Charlize Theron were earlier considered for the role.[23] On August 8, 2013, Hugh Grant joined the cast as Alexander Waverly, the head of United Network Command for Law and Enforcement.[4] Jared Harris was cast as Saunders on September 4, 2013,[6] and Luca Calvani was cast as the film's main villain, Alexander.[7] Simona Caparrini was cast to play Contessa.[8]


The principal photography on the film commenced on September 9, 2013.[24] As of October 25, 2013 filming was being undertaken at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich and Royal Victoria Docks, London and Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit in West Sussex, UK.


On July 17, 2014, Daniel Pemberton was hired to score the music for the film.[25]


The film was previously set for a January 16, 2015, release,[26] but on August 12, 2014, Warner Bros moved back the film's release date to August 14, 2015.[27]

According to the trailer, which Released on February 2015, the year is 1963. An unknown criminal organization with ties to former Nazis” is said to have built an atomic bomb. This forces the United States and Soviet Union to cooperate — even to the point of assigning Solo and Kuryakin, shown here as being foes, to work together.[28]


According to The Projection List, the film's trailer was supposed to be shown before Kingsman: The Secret Service.[29] However, the trailer premiered online several days after, on February 11th. [30]


  1. ^ a b Burlingame, Jon (July 31, 2013). "Guy Ritchie, Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer Try to Crack ‘U.N.C.L.E.’ Movie Challenge". Variety. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "‘Man of Steel’ Star Henry Cavill Eyes Lead in WB’s ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.’". May 28, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "‘Lone Ranger’ Armie Hammer To Star With Tom Cruise In ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.’". April 24, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Hugh Grant Joins 'Man from U.N.C.L.E.'". August 8, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Alicia Vikander Finds Her ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ for Warners". May 8, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Jared Harris Joins 'Man From U.N.C.L.E.'
  7. ^ a b "Luca Calvani Lands Villain In ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.,’ Signs With Paradigm". September 12, 2013. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Simona Caparrini Talks About Henry Cavill on Set of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.". February 27, 2014. 
  9. ^ Jon Burlingame (July 31, 2013). "Guy Ritchie, Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer Try to Crack ‘U.N.C.L.E.’ Movie Challenge". Variety. Retrieved April 14, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Steven Soderbergh Spies Other Plans, Won't Direct 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'". November 18, 2011. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  11. ^ Justin Kroll (April 16, 2012). "Blunt joins Cruise in ‘All You Need Is Kill’". Variety. Retrieved April 14, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Steven Soderbergh Exits Warner Bros.' 'Man From U.N.C.L.E.'". November 18, 2011. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "Tom Cruise Eyeing 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' With Guy Ritchie At Warner Bros". March 18, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  14. ^ "The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Finally Starts Filming in September". July 31, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  15. ^ "‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ aims to start filming in September". August 2, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  16. ^ "George Clooney Interested in Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ Remake". November 17, 2010. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  17. ^ "George Clooney Dropping Out Of Steven Soderbergh’s ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’". August 29, 2011. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  18. ^ "George Clooney back injury forced 'Man From U.N.C.L.E.' exit, says writer". September 7, 2011. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Bradley Cooper Will Not Be Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.’". November 10, 2011. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Tom Cruise Exits 'Man from U.N.C.L.E.' Due to 'Mission: Impossible 5'". May 24, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Tom Cruise Exits ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.;’ Warner Bros Recasting For Fall Start". May 24, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Henry Cavill In Talks For ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ Lead". May 28, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  23. ^ "‘Great Gatsby’s’ Elizabeth Debicki Attracted to ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.’". July 31, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Production begins on 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'". September 11, 2013. Retrieved September 11, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Daniel Pemberton to Score Guy Ritchie’s ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’". July 17, 2014. Retrieved July 19, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Warner Bros Dates ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ For 2015 MLK Weekend; Will Smith’s ‘Focus’ Set For February 2015". 20 February 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  27. ^ "Warner Bros. Dates ‘American Sniper'; Moves ‘Point Break’, ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E’". August 12, 2014. Retrieved August 13, 2014. 
  28. ^ "The Man From UNCLE Trailer". 
  29. ^ [1]
  30. ^ "Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer partner up in exclusive The Man From U.N.C.L.E. trailer". 

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