Today we got out first glimpse of the chiselled and debonair looking Henry Cavill in his role as CIA spy Napoleon Solo in the film adaptation of The Man from U.N.C.L.E
Directed by Guy Ritchie, The Man from U.N.C.L.E is based on the 1960’s TV show, which starred Robert Vaughan and David McCallum, and ran from 1964-1968. Ritchie takes the same approach as he did for his Sherlock Holmes movies, which is taking an old story and making it new, while leaving it in its original setting of the Cold War era.
In this version, opposite Cavill’s Solo, Armie Hammer takes on the role of KGB agent Illya Kuryakin. Together, they star as an unlikely duo (an American and a Russian becoming partners) in this origin-style tale that shows how the secret organisation, United Network Command for Law and Enforcement, came about.
Below is the trailer that was also released today.
Producer Lionel Wigram, who also wrote the screenplay, told Entertainment Weekly, “The series hadn’t really done the origin story—U.N.C.L.E. already existed.” He went on to say that, “[at] the height of the Cold War you’ve got a Russian and an American working together. How did that come about?”
And just because you can’t ever have too many Cavill photos
The film also stars Jared Harris, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki and Hugh Grant, whose plays the character, Waverly, who, on the original show was the U.N.C.L.E. pair’s boss
The Man from U.N.C.L.E is set for release in August 2015.