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Tom Cruise is considered a shorty by Hollywood's definition — he's 5-foot-7, which is pretty near to average for us normies — while Armie Hammer is ridiculously tall by any standard outside the NBA (an intimidating six-foot-five). That's almost a whole foot height differential, son, and now the two are set to co-lead a movie side by side.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, Hammer has just fee-fi-fo-fummed his way into the second lead in Guy Ritchie's cinematic reboot of the Cold War era TV show "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."
The gents' first pre-production meeting'll probably go a little something like this ...
They'd better budget in some extreme elevator shoes. Make that stilts. Okay, we're just kidding.
On a more serious note, though, the classic '60s buddy-agent series paired an American named Napoleon Solo, whom Cruise will portray, and a — gasp — Russian called Illyn Kuryakin, whom Hammer'll retool, as they tried to combat the forces of eviiiiil.
Their little U.N.C.L.E. group (United Network Command for Law Enforcement) spent most of its time trying to take down the forces of T.H.R.U.S.H. (Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity). The Golden Globe-winning show was co-created by "James Bond" author Ian Fleming and starred Robert Vaughn and David McCallum as the unlikely secret agent pair.
Cruise is on a much-needed uptick at the moment, thanks to the opening weekend success of his "Oblivion," and Hammer stars in this July's "The Lone Ranger" opposite Johnny Depp (whose enormous headdress verily evens out the tallness score).
"The Man from U.N.C.L.E." had previously been a difficult project for Warner Bros. to piece together the talent for, doing the director shuffle from Steven Soderbergh and having to start anew with plucking out a central cast after George Clooney took his leave from it. Per THR, if Cruise hadn't come aboard in March, Guy Ritchie might've stepped away from it as well.
Ah, Hollywood stuffs.