Tom Cruise has left the building, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. production building that is. Cruise is jumping ship to devote more time and energy to Mission Impossible 5. The latest word is that director Guy Richie is bringing in Man of Steel’s lead man Henry Cavill to replace Cruise. Cavill had been up for the secondary role that eventually went to Arnie Hammer. Now Cavill will fill the big shoes in the movie. Cavill is sure to be a box office draw after Man of Steel crushes ticket sales during the summer.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is based on the cult classic TV series which ran for four years in the late 60’s. The men from U.N.C.L.E. (United Network Command for Law Enforcement) use their charm and wits, along with fantastic spy gadgets to save the world from the evil forces of Thrush (Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity).
What do you think? Does Cavill have the charm required for the role? I’ve got to say that anyone would have been better in this role than Cruise. He just can’t carry off the suave super spy. Cruise’s much better at playing the super spy that doesn’t play by the rules and pisses everyone off in the process.
It will be interesting to see if Cavill can help jump start a new franchise with the boost his popularity will get from Man of Steel.