George Clooney No Longer Attached To The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Just yesterday I had the chance to speak with screenwriter Scott Z. Burns in promotion of his newest film, Contagion, but I also took the opportunity to ask him about his upcoming projects, including Steven Soderbergh's The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Burns confirmed that the project, which he's been attached to since last November, has a finished script and will start casting soon. Apparently that includes the role that was thought to belong to George Clooney.
Deadline has learned that Clooney, who has been rumored for the project almost as long as Soderbergh has been attached, is now "withdrawing as the star" of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. The article doesn't state a reason for the actor's departure, though we'll post as soon as we know more. Had he decided to do the film, it would have been the seventh time the two have worked together as director/star, the previous six being the Ocean's trilogy, Out of Sight, Solaris, and The Good German. Based on the television series that ran from 1964 to 1968, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is about two top agents from the United Network Command for Law Enforcement, previously played by Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, who work to prevent the evil forces of THRUSH from harming the world. The film will be using real life events from the time period as part of the plot.
This is a real bummer as the Soderbergh/Clooney partnership is one of the great director/actor pairs, but it does leave the door wide open. Who would you like to see star as the next Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin?
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