Tom Cruise Exits 'Man from U.N.C.L.E.' Due to 'Mission: Impossible 5'

May 24, 2013

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. / Tom Cruise

Just one month after Armie Hammer entered talks to join Tom Cruise in Warner Bros. adaptation of the 1960s TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. with director Guy Ritchie at the helm, the production will be looking for a new leading man yet again. Deadline has word that Cruise has chosen to depart the film due to timing issues with his producing and starring in Mission: Impossible 5, which he hopes to shoot before the end of the year for Paramount Pictures. Honestly, despite the differences in the premises, story and style of the two TV series adaptations, the projects seemed a little too similar for Cruise to star in both. Read on!

Now that Cruise has chosen to focus on another project, Warner Bros. will be looking for a new leading man to star in the story of two mismatched secret agents (one American, one from the USSR) working for the United Network Command for Law Enforcement as they thwart the plots of THRUSH, an organization so evil that even opposing countries like Russia and the U.S. worked together to oppose it. They've already ran through George Clooney when Steven Soderbergh was attached to the project, but there's plenty of other handsome faces out there. Maybe Ritchie could get his Sherlock Holmes franchise star Robert Downey Jr. to step into the role? Or how about Michael Fassbender? Any other suggestions?

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  • OfficialJab
    Never heard of that first project, but Cruise under Ritchie could only be good. Oh well, looking forward to MI5.
  • Nielsen700
    M:I-5 is coming out this soon? Well that's... different.
  • Why not a little Johnny Depp action on that? Or some Christian Bale? I'm looking forward to some MI5. I'm also looking forward to the 60 minute IPA sitting in my fridge.
    This is alright. MI:5 will make more money for him, albeit at the cost of originality.
  • Peter Lupus
    Whew! Thank God for that!
  • Crazy Legs
    Guy Pearce and Peter Stormare maybe? I don't know anything about this show but I really like them!
  • Bl00dwerK
    Smart decision...
  • JC Kruger
    Christian Bale should be looking for a new franchise after The Dark Knight and he'll fit in nicely with Ritchie's style!




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