Armie Hammer’s star continues to rise, with The Lone Ranger in cinemas this summer, and now the news, via Deadline, that he has joined the cast of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. alongside Tom Cruise, which Guy Ritchie is set to direct.
The original Man from U.N.C.L.E. ran from 1964 to 1968, starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum as two agents of the United Network Command for Law Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.), who do battle with the evil organisation Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity (T.H.R.U.S.H.). Armie Hammer will play a version of McCallum’s Illya Kuryakin, with Tom Cruise playing Vaughn’s Napoleon Solo.
Guy Ritchie is directing from a screenplay by Scott Z. Burns, which had been in development for several years. At one point, Steven Soderbergh was set to direct, with George Clooney attached to star, but they both dropped out when George Clooney had to have surgery on his neck. It isn’t clear when the Cruise starring version will shoot.