George Clooney Dropping Soderbergh's 'Man from U.N.C.L.E.' Movie

August 29, 2011
Source: Deadline

George Clooney / The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

It was last November when we heard that Steven Soderbergh would re-team with his Out of Sight and Ocean's 11 franchise star George Clooney for a big screen adaptation of the 60s TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which followed the adventures of American and Russian members of a secret agency called the United Network Command for Law & Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.). Once believed to be Soderbergh's last job as a director (until he decided to direct Magic Mike with Channing Tatum), the project now finds itself without a lead actor as Deadline reports Clooney is now leaving the project for unknown reasons.

Considering their working relationship, I doubt the duo had a falling out, but there's likely some sort of scheduling issue. As of now, Warner Bros. still intends to begin production in February of 2012 and the hunt is on for a new lead actor for the film. Filling in Clooney's vacated shoes won't be an easy gig, and I'm sure the studio will be trying to find another big name A-list star to step into the role. Maybe someone like Tom Hanks could step into the role? Though he's going to be quite busy over the next couple years, Robert Downey Jr. might fit in the part as well. What do you think?

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  • Bcopes37
    everyone in the show was young anyway i never saw how clooney would fit
  • Ron
    They should get Ryan 'Trixie ate dark chocolate' Gosling!
    • Seriously laughed out loud at that "Trixie ate dark chocolate" reference. Nicely done.
  • Cara
    Clooney was too old for the part and thank you he is dropping out.  We don't need enforcement agents of 50!  The guys in the show were in their 30s (and in fact U.N.C.L.E. supposedly retired agents from the field at 40), and the stars used to play the two top agents should be in that age group. The other actors mentioned here: Hanks and Downey, give me a break!  They are both also too old for the role. Warner's needs to do what was done for the STAR TREK reboot by another studio: cast young, virtual unknowns who fit the part physically and can act it as well
  • TTB22
    Maybe someone like Matt Bomer or some of the other guys that Soderbergh will be working with on Magic Mike. He already did the agent/spy thing on the small screen (Chuck) and is doing a good job on White Collar.
  • HoosierGuy
    Well, it just proves that nothing is sacred. I was a fanatical U.N.C.L.E. fan when I was a kid, and even i have no desire to see it's memory besmirched. When will Hollywood realize the popularity of these shows was a perfect storm of the times, the stars and the writing. Those are things that can't be duplicated.
  • Ideal choice to play Solo would be Clive Owen,He's English,so what,he would of also made a good Bond,As a true fanatic to this iconic Tv series I just hope it stick's to the original,and doe's not get trashed like many 60's Tv to Film's released,ie:Green Hornet,Mission Impossible,The Saint,I spy,the list go's on. It's the original that fan's have stuck with for so many year's,so just copy it don't change a thing,it was a modern concept in the 60's and has not dated,bringing back Vaughn and McCallum in cameo's would be cool.
  • Jim
    Orlando Bloom?
  • Guest
    I really hope they don't remake this classic series into a movie. Leave the classics alone for crying out loud. Please do something original instead of taking a classic and remaking it into crap that is what has happened with a lot of classics.




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