By Matthew McKibben | February 12, 2015
Guy Ritchie’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E. looks pretty fantastic. Whereas Kingsman: The Secret Service (opening this week) is kind of a modern day homage to 60’s spy thrillers, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. decided to turn back the clock and the set the movie in the 60’s itself. I was worried they were going to set this sucker in the modern day and it’d be just another disposable TV adaptation like Val Kilmer’s The Saint or The Mod Squad. This thing looks pretty fun, though. It’s yet another movie where Henry Cavill is playing an American, but I think he could be on the verge of really taking off… at least if my wife’s reaction to this trailer is any indication. Guy Ritchie is an interesting director to do this. He’s a guy who’s managed to maintain his visual sensibilities while taking on some more mainstream fare like Sherlock Holmes and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. I went from feeling nothing about this to being pretty excited.
Random-useless trivia: Armie Hammer was once attached to star as Batman in George Miller’s nixed Justice League, so seeing him take on Henry Cavill is kind of like seeing a bizarro Batman v Superman.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is set for release on August 14th, with Guy Ritchie directing a script by Guy Ritchie and Lionel Wigram (Sherlock Holmes), and starring Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Jared Harris, and Hugh Grant.