Tom Cruise Exits 'Man from U.N.C.L.E.' Due to 'Mission: Impossible 5'
by Ethan Anderton
May 24, 2013
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?