You win some, you lose some; then you win some again. So the business of Hollywood goes ...
Last week, Guy Ritchie's rather cast-beleaguered film, "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." lost its main star Tom Cruise due to scheduling issues with his recent "Mission: Impossible 5" commitment — sure, the attachment of the Paul Bunyan-sized Armie Hammer had nothing to do with Cruise's decision to exit (wink, wink) — but now it looks like Ritchie's tapped a very heroic replacement indeed: the "Man of Steel" himself, Henry Cavill!
Yep, per The Hollywood Reporter, the suave super man is now in talks to
stretch out step into Cruise's shoes as U.S. spy agent Napoleon Solo, opposite Hammer's Soviet Illya Kuryakin.
For the uninitiated, "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." is Guy Ritchie's pet project adaptation of the '60s TV show of the same name. Cavill and Hammer will star as the unlikely buddy-agent pair previously portrayed by Robert Vaughn and David McCallum.
U.N.C.L.E. is an acronym for the United Network Command for Law Enforcement, and the group spends a lotta time chasin' after the rival alphabet soup-esque gang T.H.R.U.S.H., which stands for Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity.
The show was originated by "James Bond" brain Ian Fleming, and Ritchie had the adaptation on the fast track to File 13 before Cruise signed on in March to resurrect his dying interest.
Swedish actress Alicia Vikander is also in talks to star.