As reported last month by The Inquisitr Henry Cavill was in talks with Warner Bros. to replace Tom Cruise in The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
The film is an adaptation of the television series of the same name that was broadcast from 1964 to 1968 on NBC and starred Robert Vaughn and David McCallum. The two are fictional spies working for U.N.C.L.E which means United Network Command for Law and Enforcement.
In an interview with USA TODAY Henry confirmed that he has signed on to the project which is directed by Guy Ritchie. The loss of Cruise was a big set back for the project, but it seems the studio have chosen the next best man.
He didn’t offer much in new information, only saying that he will play the role of Napoleon Solo alongside Armie Hammer from The Lone Ranger who will play Illya Kuryakin. “Things are full-steam ahead. It’s all very early days. But it’s gonna happen,” Cavill said during the interview. “Well, this is Hollywood. It’s supposed to happen.” IMDB is also listing him as being part of the cast.
The interview also describes how Man of Steel director Zack Snyder became convinced that Henry was their Superman as early as December of 2010, after he auditioned for the part. Then when he saw him in the suit he said, “It was like, ‘OK, that’s our Superman,’.” Even though Cavill had been eating pizza to look like a “regular guy” for his movie The Cold Light of Day.
As far as Henry, when Snyder called to offer him the job, he was playing video games and not paying attention to his phone. When they finally spoke he recalls, “I’m thinking, ‘He’s letting me down easy.’ And then he said, ‘I was also wondering if you wanted to do a little movie with me.’ Inside there were fireworks going off. But I played it extremely cool.”
Of course we all know what the “little” movie is. And now things are starting to happen for the unassuming 30 year-old Brit. He has signed on for two more possible Man of Steel films, if the movie does well and the studio decides to turn the film into a franchise. The sky’s the limit for Henry Cavill at the moment.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E has no release date set and no date has been announced for production to begin. Henry Cavill is currently promoting Man of Steel.