Armie Hammer is quickly moving his way up the Hollywood ladder. The up-and-coming actor was once slated to play Batman in a Justice League movie, and when that fell apart, he scored a lead role in The Social Network, which launched his career to a new level. With The Lone Ranger set for release this summer, Hammer is about to become a household name, and now Deadline is reporting that his career is about to take an even larger upward leap. Hammer is set to star opposite Tom Cruise in the movie adaptation of “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”, an NBC television series that ran from 1964-1968.
The show followed two mismatched secret agents (one American, one from the USSR) working for the United Network Command for Law Enforcement as they thwarted the plots of THRUSH, an organization that presented such a huge threat that even countries with opposing ideologies like Russia and the U.S. put aside their differences and worked together to combat it. Weirdly, this will be the second spy movie franchise for Cruise that’s based on a 1960s TV show (the first, of course, being Mission: Impossible), and it’ll be Hammer’s second film in which he stars opposite one of the biggest stars in the world (following The Lone Ranger, which teams him with Johnny Depp).
Hammer will play the operative from the U.S.S.R. while Cruise will take the role of the American agent. It’s easy to see that Hammer (who also happens to possess one of the coolest names in Hollywood) has loads of talent that’s brewing under the surface, so I’m excited to see him continue to get bigger roles like this. Guy Ritchie is set to direct, and though I’m sure a lot of people will question this movie’s existence, Ritchie proved he can take a tired concept (a “gritty” Sherlock Holmes? Really?) and make it viable (Oh yeah, they actually turned out pretty well). Of course, the charisma and banter between Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law is what makes those Sherlock movies so enjoyable, so will Cruise and Hammer have the same sort of repartee? We’ll see.
Cruise spent years playing the lead hero role in action movies and dramas, but as he’s gotten older, he seems to be more comfortable in ensemble casts. From his hilarious and ridiculous turn as foul studio exec Les Grossman in Tropic Thunder, to his work on the expanding Mission: Impossible series, to the hair-metal antics of Rock of Ages, it appears that he’s more confident in himself and more willing to play a supporting role instead of being the center of attention all the time. Hopefully with Ritchie’s flair for visuals and a script by Contagion writer Scott Z. Burns, this can be a spy movie (or franchise, depending on its success) that could provide alternate options while we’re waiting for the latest M:I or Bond films to come out over the next few years.
Interested in seeing Hammer continue to ascend to A-list status? Intrigued with the idea of Cruise and Hammer teaming up together? Sound off in the comments and let us know.
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