The classic TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. has made the leap to the big screen with Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) as Napoleon Solo and Armie Hammer (The Social Network) as Illya Kuryakin. The 1960s TV series, which had Robert Vaughn and David McCallum playing the lead roles, was about two agents from the United Network Command for Law Enforcement fighting the villains who were part of THRUSH (Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity). The new film is said to be a “fresh take” on the ’60s series with Guy Ritchie directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Lionel Wigram.
In addition to Cavill and Hammer, the cast features Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, Jared Harris, and Hugh Grant.
Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. centers on CIA agent Solo and KGB agent Kuryakin. Forced to put aside longstanding hostilities, the two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. The duo’s only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. hits theaters on August 14, 2015.
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-By Rebecca Murray
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