Steven Soderbergh looking for new lead

George Clooney has reportedly dropped out of the big screen version of ’60s spy show, The Man From U.N.C.L.E..

The film, still set for a February 2012 start, is to be directed by Clooney‘s longtime directorial collaborator and producing partner, Steven Soderbergh.

As reported by Deadline.com, no reason has yet been given for the actor’s departure.

The adaptation was set to be the sixth time the actor and director have worked together. Their first being Clooney’s breakout big screen role, in Out Of Sight, alongside Jennifer Lopez.

The director and actor had their greatest success together on the first Ocean’s film, Ocean’s Eleven. The film’s substantial box office and critical plaudits led to two sequels, Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen.

They also collaborated on passion projects The Good German and Solaris. The former, like the Ocean’s trilogy, was produced by Warner Bros., the studio behind the The Man From U.N.C.L.E..

Soderbergh currently has two films set for release. Contagion, starring Matt Damon and Kate Winslet, (October 21) and Haywire, with Ewan McGregor and Michael Douglas (January 20, 2012).

George Clooney‘s latest film, The Ides Of March – which he directed, wrote and produced – is due for release in the UK on October 28.