At one point The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was to be directed by Steven Soderbergh with names such as George Clooney, Bradley Cooper and Joel Edgerton attached over various stages of production. Then Soderbergh dropped off and Guy Ritchie took over and Tom Cruise flirted with the idea of starring until he also dropped out.
Finally things came together, Ritchie is directing and Henry Cavill (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) and Armie Hammer (The Social Network, The Lone Ranger) are toplining the adaptation of the ’60s television show, and now the first pictures have arrived thanks to a couple of scanned images from the pages of Empire magazine.
Set for an August 14, 2015 release from Warner Bros., the film is against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War centering on CIA agent Solo (Cavill) and KGB agent Kuryakin (Hammer). Forced to put aside longstanding hostilities, the two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. The duo’s only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe. Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, Hugh Grant and Jared Harris co-star.
A second picture is featured below and the colors may seem a little odd as I did my best to clean the scans up a little. I’ll update the post once the official versions are online. [via CBM]