Tom Cruise might star in Guy Ritchie's The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. for the longest time was supposed to be another teaming of director Steven Soderbergh and star George Clooney, but Soderbergh and Clooney couldn’t see eye to eye with Warner Bros. and so both of them left the project, only to see it fall in project wasteland until Guy Ritchie picked it up about a while later. But even then, we haven’t heard much about Ritchie’s take on the adaptation of the 60’s TV show, the last news being over a year ago. But today, things look like they’re about to pick up for the project as early word has it that Tom Cruise is in talks to star in the film. And if Tom Cruise signs on, you can bet the project will move forward very quickly.
This contradicts what the studio claimed they wanted, which was a younger actor like Bradley Cooper or Ryan Gosling. I guess when Tom Cruise circles your film, age doesn’t matter. The role would find Tom Cruise in familiar territory, playing super spy Napoleon Solo, a top agent for U.N.C.L.E. Exactly what Solo would be doing in the film is unclear, but there was a script floating around from Scott Z. Burns that would have him investigating the B-52 Palomares crash in which three hydrogen bombs were dropped. With Guy Ritchie and now possibly Tom Cruise on board, they may go in a different direction. Tom Cruise can next be seen in OBLIVION, hitting theaters on April 19th. (Deadline)