George Clooney dropped out of the role, then Matt Damon and Johnny Depp apparently passed on it. But now Warner Bros. and Steven Soderbergh may have at last found their Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Variety reports that Limitless star Bradley Cooper has been made an offer to play Napoleon Solo is the director’s big-screen adaptation of the 1960s spy-fi series.
Airing from 1964 to 1968 on NBC, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. — the international spy agency’s acronym stood for United Network Command for Law and Enforcement — centered on American operative Napoleon Solo (Robert Vaughn) and Russian Illya Kuryakin (David McCallum), who fought the enemy forces of T.H.R.U.S.H. The series was popular enough to spawn a spinoff — the short-lived Girl From U.N.C.L.E., featuring the wonderfully named agent April Dancer — theatrical releases of extended television episodes, soundtrack albums, novels, magazines, comics, toys and a 1983 TV reunion.
It was reported last month that Warner Bros. has assembled a list of about 20 year actors, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ryan Gosling and Alexander Skarsgard, to play Illya Kuryakin.
If he accepts the part, Cooper would move directly from Alex Proyas’ epic Paradise Lost, which is expected to wrap in March, to The Man from U.N.C.L.E.