Hugh Grant Helping Out 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' with Henry Cavill
Though Tom Cruise may have dropped out of Warner Bros. new adaptation of the 1960s spy series The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Superman came to save the day with Man of Steel star Henry Cavill taking the lead role alongside The Lone Ranger star Armie Hammer. Now a fine British gentleman is joining the film about the United Network Command for Law Enforcement. THR has word that Love Actually and Cloud Atlas star Hugh Grant has landed a supporting role as the head of British Naval Intelligence in the film about two mismatched secret agents at United Network Command for Law Enforcement forced to team up as they thwart the evil THRUSH, an organization opposed by Russia and the United States in the original series.
After seeing Grant go a little dark in Cloud Atlas, it would be pretty awesome if he turned out to be the villain in the film. Over the past few years Grant has been pretty low key with his only other major role being voice work as the lead Captain in the hilarious and charming stop-motion animated film Pirates! Band of Misfits. For those just joining us, Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Sherlock Holmes) is directing the film and Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina) also stars in the film as the female lead.
It'll be interesting to see if Cavill and Hammer can lead a film outside of the established franchises they attempted to revive. Cavill was certainly successful since Warner Bros. is moving forward with a Man of Steel sequel that will also feature Batman, but Hammer still has a lot to prove since The Lone Ranger bombed at the box office, even causing Disney to pull the reigns in on producer Jerry Bruckheimer for Pirates of the Caribbean 5. Is there an audience for The Man from U.N.C.L.E.? I guess we'll find out soon enough. Production begins in September, so stay tuned for more.