The first ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’ trailer shows us a simpler, and cooler time
The first trailer for director Guy Ritchie’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E. has arrived, and damn if the movie doesn’t look like it has some style.
The movie is based on the TV show of the same name that aired from 1964 to 1968. The show focused on a pair of star crossed partners, one American and one Russian, who worked for the impractically named spy agency, the United Network Command for Law Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.).
The duo fought the menace of the equally conveniently named Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of the Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity (THRUSH).
At least part of that will be adapted to the big screen. Henry Cavill (Superman, The Cold Light of Day) stars as CIA agent Napoleon Solo, and Armie Hammer (The Social Network, The Lone Ranger) appears as his reluctant partner, KGB agent Ilya Kuryakin. After trying to kill each other in classic superhero team-up style, the pair are forced together to investigate a criminal organization that has a thing for nukes.
This film has undergone massive changes since Warner Bros. first began to develop it. If all the stars who were reportedly under consideration for the role of Napoleon Solo all came together in one place, it would be like a flash mob benefit concert. Just to name a few, some of those named were: George Clooney, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Russell Crowe, Tom Cruise, Bradley Cooper, Chris Pine, Christian Bales, and pretty much every other A-list leading man you can think of. Hammer has been pretty much the only name attached to Kurayakin.
Originally the project was intended to directed by Steven Soderbergh. He dropped out over budgeting issues, leaving the film briefly in limbo. In March 2013, Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes, Snatch) was announced as director. And maybe that was a good thing. The trailer feels like a distinctly Ritchie film. Hopefully that will equate to a killer look at the 1960s that combines the old, fun spy thriller with the best of 60s style.
We’ll find out when The Man from U.N.C.L.E. hits theaters on August 14, 2015.