Gosling, Gordon-Levitt or Skarsgard May Be 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.'
With frequent Steven Soderbergh collaborator George Clooney dropping out of the director's big screen adaptation of the 60s TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E., the hunt is on for someone to step into the vacated role of Napoleon Solo ,originally played by Robert Vaughn. While no names have surfaced to replace Clooney, a shortlist has been circulating with the actors desired to play agent Ilya Kuryakin, another member of U.N.C.L.E (United Network Command for Law Enforcement), first played by David McCallum. Apparently Ryan Gosling, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Alexander Skarsgård are on the list.
Much like the original series, the film will be a buddy movie with action and comedy combining in the same fashion as Lethal Weapon, but with a 60's setting. Although the aforementioned trio of actors sounds like great options, The Wrap points out that the shortlist includes some 20 actors to fill the role of the younger agent who teams up with Solo to take on T.H.R.U.S.H. or the evil Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity. Either way, it's obvious the studio is looking for some big names to lead the action comedy, and hopefully they'll have their cast soon.