Cavill Replaces Cruise On “U.N.C.L.E.”

“Man of Steel” and “The Tudors” star Henry Cavill has reportedly entered talks to take on the lead role of Napoleon Solo in Guy Ritchie’s “Man From U.N.C.L.E” film adaptation at Warner Bros. Pictures.

Tom Cruise was previously attached to play Solo, but departed the troubled project the other day. He followed in the footsteps of George Clooney who was also attached to the role back when Steven Soderbergh was slated to direct.

Rather than let the project fall apart again, the studio has moved quickly to insert Cavill into the hole vacated by Cruise.

If he signs, Cavill would co-star with Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander in the story of two agents – an American (Cavill) and a Russian (Hammer) – who work for a secret international espionage and law-enforcement agency named U.N.C.L.E.

Cavill previously had meetings for Hammer’s role of Illya Kuryakin back when Cruise was negotiation to play Solo.

Ritchie, Lionel Wigram and John Davis are producing and shooting aims to begin this Fall.

Source: Variety