Another day, another person rumoured to be be replacing George Clooney in Steven Soderbergh’s planned Man From UNCLE movie. According to Deadline, after rumours emerged recently about Bradley Cooper and Ryan Gosling, the director is now eyeing Channing Tatum to star in the movie.
Tatum hasn’t officially been offered the role yet, but the director and actor having just been working together on the film Magic Mike, so they already have a relationship to build on.
Interestingly, Deadline also give the reason Clooney dropped out. Many were surprised George bailed as he’d been involved with the film for years (he was the one who brought Soderbergh on board), but apparently it’s because he’s due to have surgery and wouldn’t have be able to handle the stunt work.
The 60s TV show the film is based on revolves around two agents for the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E) – Napoleon Solo and his Russian counterpart, Illya Kuryakin, who are committed to saving the world from the evil forces of the Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity (T.H.R.U.S.H.). They were played by Robert Vaughn and David McCallum in the original show.
Scott Z. Burns (World War Z) is on scripting duties, with Soderbergh keen to keep the classic 60s setting of the TV show. The movie is expected to go into production early next year, so they need to find actors for the two main roles pretty soon.
General movie news courtesy of Movie Muser