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

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The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
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
Starring
Cinematography John Mathieson
Editing by
  • Guy Ritchie
  • James Herbert
Studio
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates January 16, 2015
Country United States
Language English
Budget $75 million[1]

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is an upcoming spy-fi action-adventure 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 January 16, 2015.[2]

Synopsis[edit]

Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height 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 him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

Steven Soderbergh was attached to direct a film adaptation of the series from a screenplay by Scott Z. Burns, 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 the multi-continental settings required in the film.[10] On November 18, 2011, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Soderbergh would no longer direct the film.[11]

On March 18, 2013, Deadline.com reported that the film was back in production, with Guy Ritchie directing.[12] On July 31, 2013, it was announced that Ritchie's adaptation would start filming in September 2013 in London and Italy.[13][14]

Casting[edit]

In November 2010, George Clooney showed interest in the film[15] and was in talks for the main role of Napoleon Solo, but he left in September 2011 due to a recurring back injury.[16][17] 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.[18] On March 18, 2013, Tom Cruise was in early talks to take the lead in the film.[12] Armie Hammer was cast in the second lead role as Illya Kuryakin on April 24, 2013, with Cruise as Solo.[4] Swedish actress Alicia Vikander joined the film on May 8, 2013 as the female lead.[6] On May 23, 2013, Cruise dropped out of the film, due to his commitment to Mission: Impossible 5.[19][20] British actor Henry Cavill replaced Cruise in the lead role.[1][3][21] Elizabeth Debicki was cast in a femme fatale role on July 31, 2013; Rose Byrne and Charlize Theron were earlier considered for the role.[22] On August 8, 2013, Hugh Grant joined the cast as Alexander Waverly, the head of United Network Command for Law and Enforcement.[5] Jared Harris was cast as Saunders on September 4, 2013,[7] and Luca Calvani was cast as the film's main villain, Alexander.[8]Simona Caparrini was cast to play Contessa.[9]

Filming[edit]

The principal photography on the film commenced on September 9, 2013.[23] As of October 25, 2013 filming was being undertaken at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich and Royal Victoria Docks, London, UK.

Release[edit]

Warner Bros. set the film for a January 16, 2015 release.[2] Contrary to rumors, 20th Century Fox has no involvement in this film, since several sources indicate Warner Bros. as the sole backer.

References[edit]

  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 "Warner Bros Dates ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ For 2015 MLK Weekend; Will Smith’s ‘Focus’ Set For February 2015". deadline.com. 20 February 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "‘Man of Steel’ Star Henry Cavill Eyes Lead in WB’s ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.’". variety.com. May 28, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "‘Lone Ranger’ Armie Hammer To Star With Tom Cruise In ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.’". deadline.com. April 24, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Hugh Grant Joins 'Man from U.N.C.L.E.'". hollywoodreporter.com. August 8, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Alicia Vikander Finds Her ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ for Warners". variety.com. May 8, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Jared Harris Joins 'Man From U.N.C.L.E.'
  8. ^ a b "Luca Calvani Lands Villain In ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.,’ Signs With Paradigm". deadline.com. September 12, 2013. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Simona Caparrini Talks About Henry Cavill on Set of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.". www.HenryCavill.org. February 27, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Steven Soderbergh Spies Other Plans, Won't Direct 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'". indiewire.com. November 18, 2011. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Steven Soderbergh Exits Warner Bros.' 'Man From U.N.C.L.E.'". hollywoodreporter.com. November 18, 2011. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Tom Cruise Eyeing 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' With Guy Ritchie At Warner Bros". deadline.com. March 18, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  13. ^ "The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Finally Starts Filming in September". comingsoon.net. July 31, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  14. ^ "‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ aims to start filming in September". hitfix.com. August 2, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  15. ^ "George Clooney Interested in Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ Remake". slashfilm.com. November 17, 2010. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  16. ^ "George Clooney Dropping Out Of Steven Soderbergh’s ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’". deadline.com. August 29, 2011. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  17. ^ "George Clooney back injury forced 'Man From U.N.C.L.E.' exit, says writer". digitalspy.co.uk. September 7, 2011. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Bradley Cooper Will Not Be Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.’". slashfilm.com. November 10, 2011. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Tom Cruise Exits 'Man from U.N.C.L.E.' Due to 'Mission: Impossible 5'". firstshowing.net. May 24, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Tom Cruise Exits ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.;’ Warner Bros Recasting For Fall Start". deadline.com. May 24, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Henry Cavill In Talks For ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ Lead". deadline.com. May 28, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  22. ^ "‘Great Gatsby’s’ Elizabeth Debicki Attracted to ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.’". variety.com. July 31, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Production begins on 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'". gmanetwork.com. September 11, 2013. Retrieved September 11, 2013. 

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