Guy Ritchie is the latest director attached to helm Warner Bros.’ The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and he wants Tom Cruise to be his leading man. The actor is said to be in early talks for the role of Napoleon Solo, who was originally portrayed by Robert Vaughn in the original 1960s TV series.
Deadline reports that this could be another major franchise for Cruise, alongside with the two he already has in the bag: Mission: Impossible and Jack Reacher (though that last one hangs in the balance).
Before Ritchie took over U.N.C.L.E. in 2011, Soderbergh was set to direct. He wanted George Clooney for the Solo part, but also considered Michael Fassbender, Joel Kinnaman, Johnny Depp and Channing Tatum.
The last draft was written by Scott Z. Burns under Soderbergh, and his script is said to “take U.N.C.L.E. back to its roots,” but with Ritchie at the helm that will probably change.
Next month, Cruise returns to the big screen in Joseph Kosinski‘s sci-fi blockbuster Oblivion. Then there’s Doug Liman‘s All You Need Is Kill in 2014. This U.N.C.L.E. role/film could be really good for Cruise, but it all depends on Ritchie.
Would Tom Cruise make a good Napoleon Solo?