Although its announcement felt, in a number of ways, more tentative than momentous, it would now appear that the signing of Tom Cruise is pushing Guy Ritchie‘s The Man from U.N.C.L.E. into production at a natural clip. (Don’t ask if that’s actually a good thing.) Now signed is Armie Hammer, the Social Network star who, in making this move, must be looking to find another franchise to go alongside this summer’s upcoming Lone Ranger, albeit yet another in which he’s asked to take the supporting role. How strangely appropriate that it, too, sees him play a title character.
Said character is Illya Kuryakin, colleague to Cruise‘s Napoleon Solo in the United Network Command for Law Enforcement, with whom he carries out various spy adventures that help keep the world a safer place. Hammer should help elevate what exists on the page into a decent spy pairing, right? It’s on that note, however, that things become a little more curious: word of a screenwriter is unavailable, leading to the all-important question of whether or not they’ll elect to retain the work of Scott Z. Burns, whose input was, originally, meant for his frequent creative partner, Steven Soderbergh. Even with a rather different filmmaker such as Ritchie taking reigns, the writer’s detached style could make for a strong play on the spy genre; his provided synopsis sounds more unique and, generally speaking, fun than what a typical WB franchise movie would leave us to anticipate.
Now that two leads are locked in with a commercially viable director, the rest ought to start falling into place soon.
What are your thoughts on Hammer taking up U.N.C.L.E. with Cruise?
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