The Guy Ritchie directed adaptation won’t reach theaters until summer 2015, but filming has apparently wrapped and images from the film are beginning to emerge online. Starring Man of Steel Henry Cavill as Napoleon Solo, the role made famous by Robert Vaughn in the 1960’s. Armie Hammer plays Illya Kuryakin, played by David McCallum in the television series. The film will be Guy Ritchie’s first film since his Sherlock Holmes duology starring Robert Downey Jr. as the titular sleuth. Hugh Grant will appear as Waverly while a rumored cameo by retired soccer star David Beckham has been confirmed.
The film, like the series, is set in the 1960’s and will see CIA agent Solo and KGB operative Kuryakin unite to stop a mysterious criminal organization from procuring masses of nuclear weapons. The film continues Ritchie’s current interest in adaptations from other source material, having overcome his apparent quality stutter with flops Swept Away and Revolver. The British director will follow The Man From U.N.C.L.E. with Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur which is currently in pre-production.
For Cavill, U.N.C.L.E. provides another potential franchise having spearheaded Warner Brothers DC comics line up on the big screen with his role as Superman. The former Tudor’s actor has the world at his feet right now and with DC fans having to wait until 2016 to see the last son of Krypton take flight once again, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. seems to be a great way to pass the time.
Armie Hammer on the other hand could use a hit, with The Lone Ranger receiving mass criticism. U.N.C.L.E. provides him the chance at a franchise that could propel the vastly talented actor- who provided a stellar performance in J. Edgar- to the next level.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. will reach cinemas in August next year but these early images give us an insight into how the film, and the cast will look. A trailer is expected to emerge over winter.