Guy Ritchie will start work on his movie version of the classic 60s spy TV show ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E’ on September 9.
The movie will be the first for Ritchie and producer Lionel Wigram via their new production house Ritchie Wigram Productions.
The original ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ TV series ran from 1964 to 1966 and starred Robert Vaughn as Napoleon Solo and David McCullum as Illya Kuryakin. McCullum, who will turn 80 on September 19, plays Medical Examiner Dr. Donald ‘Ducky’ Mallard in the hit TV series NCIS.
The new Solo and Kuryakin are Henry Cavill (Man Of Steel) and Armie Hammer (The Social Network).
“Guy and I have long loved these characters, and wanted to start from scratch with our own take and create a film steeped in the 1960s for today’s audiences,” said Wigram. “We are particularly happy about our cast, who all bring something special to the film. Henry, Armie, Alicia and Elizabeth are among the best and most exciting actors of the next generation. In addition, we are thrilled to be working with Hugh Grant, who we have known and been fans of for many years, and Jared Harris, who did such a great job for us as Moriarty.”
According to Australian film distributor Roadshow, the movie is “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”.
Ritchie and Wigram wrote the screenplay for the movie and will serve as its producers. Filming will take place in England as well as Rome and Naples in Italy.
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