Following a box office smash with Man of Steel this summer, Henry Cavill has recently been spotted in London, on the set of Guy Ritchie’s new classic re-creation of the 1960s US cult classic television show, Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Albeit that the British film star had switched from his superhero suit to a more conventional one, he still cut quite an elegant figure and was still in fine physical form.
Cavill, 30, would need to retain his physical superhero strength too, as one of the film’s two lead roles of Napoleon Solo that he has taken on is set to be pretty action-packed.
Cult television fans will be relieved to also know that the Sherlock Holmes director, Guy Ritchie, means to keep the look of the action drama within the period that it was initially created, which was evident by the pictures that were revealed last night from the movie set in London. From Cavill’s smart three-piece, to the brown retro attaché case and classic looking car, period drama fans look set to be in for bit of a nostalgic treat.
For anyone who is unfamiliar with the cult television drama, the original US show was broadcast by NBC from 1964 to 1968. It focused on a two-man trouble-shooting team that worked for a special espionage organization named U.N.C.L.E, which is an acronym for United Network Command for Law and Enforcement. It starred Hustle star Robert Vaughn as American CIA agent Napoleon Solo and David McCallum as Russian KGB operative Illya Kuryakin. A British head honcho, Alexander Waverly, who was also known as “Number One of Section One,” and was the one who ran the U.N.C.L.E organization. The television role of Waverly was originally played by actor Leo G. Carroll.
The television show was set during the height of the Cold War, so the American and Russian agents are obliged to set aside their cultural and political differences in order to jointly achieve their mission of bringing down a international crime organization.
Other major stars have also taken up roles in the film remake. Armie Hammer from The Social Network and The Lone Ranger, will be playing opposite Cavill as his partner, Illyad Kuryakin, while Bridget Jones star, Hugh Grant will be playing the part of the fictional espionage organization’s head, Alexander Waverly. Italian actor Luca Calvani from When in Rome, has been cast as a wealthy shipping heir and villain, hailing from Italy, and who had smuggled Nazi gold after World War II. Elizabeth Debicki from The Great Gatsby and Alicia Vikander from The Fifth Estate will also be co-starring, while Guy Ritchie has brought along Jared Harris from his Sherlock Holmes set.
Ritchie had originally wanted Tom Cruise for the part of Solo, but schedules clashed and Cruise had to pull out of the offer to concentrate on his 5th edition of Mission Impossible, which is set to commence shooting this fall.
It has also been reported that another production of the cult television show was to be made by Oceans director Steven Soderbergh, who wanted his friend and colleague George Clooney for the lead of Solo. Due to a back injury in 2011, Clooney had to pull out due to the action-packed nature required by the role. Soderbergh had also looked into the possibility of casting The Killing’s Joel Kinnaman, Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Channing Tatum for the lead role, before he eventually abandoned the project altogether. Some things are just not meant to be.
However some things are. Warner signed up Ritchie over Soderbergh and Cavill over Clooney, being that Cavill’s Man of Steel had reportedly grossed US $9.6 million at the worldwide box office. With Cavill and Hammer at the top of their game already, Warner is sure to be on to a winner with this classic remake, which is due to start production in October and will reach the theaters in 2014. So from Man of Steel in his superhero suit to Man From U.N.C.L.E in his dapper three-piece, who’s to know what type of suit Henry Cavill could be donning next?
Written by: Brucella Newman