‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ Begins Production In London

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Sep. 9 2013, Updated 5:34 a.m. ET

Principal photography for Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. officially starts Monday in Regent’s Park in London.

This will be the first film to be made under the new production company Ritchie/Wigram Productions, a collaboration between Ritchie and producer Lionel Wigram and Warner Bros.

Ritchie/Wigram are behind the successful reboot of the SherlockHolmes series starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.

Now, they bring back an old classic when they tackle another reboot in The Man From U.N.C.L.E., which is an old television series from the 1960s starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum.

Guy Ritchie has brought in Henry Cavill (Man Of Steel) and Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger) to revive the two main characters, Napoleon Solo (Cavill) and Illya Kuryakin (Hammer).

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Also starring are Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina), Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby), Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes: Game Of Shadows), and Hugh Grant (Cloud Atlas, Bridget Jones’ Diary).

Producer Lionel Wigram said of the production,

“Guy and I have long loved these characters, and wanted to start from scratch with our own take and create a film steeped in the 1960s for today’s audiences. We are particularly happy about our cast, who all bring something special to the film. Henry, Armie, Alicia and Elizabeth are among the best and most exciting actors of the next generation. In addition, we are thrilled to be working with Hugh Grant, who we have known and been fans of for many years, and Jared Harris, who did such a great job for us as Moriarty.”

The story is set during the contentious days of the Cold War when CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin join forces to participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons.

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Filming for The Man From U.N.C.L.E. will take place in London, Rome, and Naples.

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