A lot of people hitting the theater this weekend will be watching the spy-themed action film, Kingsman: The Secret Service. But it’s not the only interesting spy tale coming out this year.
Guy Ritchie’s film adaption of the classic 1960s television series, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., is scheduled for a summer release on Aug 14, 2015. The film, which takes place in the 1960s, stars Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer and Hugh Grant.
It’s been quite the struggle getting this story to the big screen. It had spent years in development. Original plans had Steven Soderbergh directing and George Clooney taking on the starring role as Napoleon Solo. Unfortunately, Clooney was forced to drop out of the project, and then Soderbergh followed him out the door.
After that, Guy Ritchie decided he would come on as the director; however, the drama didn’t end there. Ritchie had originally picked Tom Cruise for the Napoleon role, but Cruise backed out to focus all his attention on Mission: Impossible 5.
And while it would have been interesting to see Clooney or Cruise take on this role, it looks like Henry Cavill will work out just fine.
Check out the official trailer and plot summary down below…
“Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” centers on CIA agent Solo and KGB agent Kuryakin. Forced to put aside longstanding hostilities, the two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. The duo’s only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe.”