Though the big screen adaptation of A Man From U.N.C.L.E spent quite a bit of time being one of those doomed projects that kept cycling through directors and stars without ever actually getting made, lately it’s solidified itself as a spy movie that’s not only looking like it’s really going to happen, but is actually looking like it’s going to happen pretty darn soon.
Director Guy Ritchie has stuck with the film and overseen its development, even through some ups and downs, Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer have been attached as agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin long enough now that it doesn’t seem likely they’re going to drop out at this point, and the film has even begun to fill out the rest of its cast by recruiting Swedish beauty Alicia Vikander as the female lead and Australian vision Elizabeth Debicki as a femme fatale. Things are looking good.
Need even more proof that U.N.C.L.E. is no longer in trouble, and is actually now gearing up to go into production? Well, another big name has just been enticed into joining the film in a supporting role, and he’s one who lends the espionage pic some additional international flavor.
According to THR, Hugh Grant, he of the charming smile and puppy dog eyes, is the latest name to agree to board the film and take part in its spy games. Due to his extreme Britishness, he is reportedly all set up to play the head of British Naval Intelligence. According to the schedule as it stands, production on this one is going to begin sometime in September, so there’s still a couple of weeks left for the old Man From U.N.C.L.E. curse to come back and make things fall apart, but for the most part it’s looking like we’re soon going to have another spy franchise ready to throw its hat into the crowded box office ring. Is it time for James Bond and Ethan Hunt to start to sweat? Maybe not, but this one getting off the ground definitely makes one wonder how far away we are from a Danger Man/Secret Agent movie. Are there any name actors left who haven’t played a spy yet?