Channing Tatum lined up for ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’

He is latest name in the frame to replace injured George Clooney

Channing Tatum is the latest actor to enter the frame for The Man From U.N.C.L.E..

The Eagle star is said to be the new favourite of director Steven Soderbergh to take the lead role in the spy remake, according to Deadline.

George Clooney was originally intended to star in the film, until he was put out of action by a back injury. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ryan Gosling and Alexander Skarsgård were among the initial list of actors named as likely to replace him.

The film is to be based on the 1960s television series of the same name. It centres on the adventures of American and Russian spies working together in a secret agency known as the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.). Running from 1964-68, it starred Robert Vaughn and David McCallum.

Soderbergh recently directed Tatum in the forthcoming Magic Mike, which was inspired by Tatum’s real-life story as a teenage stripper.