Hugh Grant signs up for Guy Ritchie’s ‘The Man from UNCLE’ movie

He'll take a supporting role Ritchie's spy thriller opposite Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer

Hugh Grant has joined the cast of Guy Ritchie‘s The Man From UNCLE movie.

He’ll take a supporting role in Ritchie’s film adaptation of the classic 1960s TV series, The Hollywood Reporter reveals, playing the head of British Naval Intelligence.

Tom Cruise had been attached to star alongside Armie Hammer in Ritchie’s spy thriller, but dropped out in May because the shooting schedule clashed with that of Mission: Impossible 5.

He’s since been replaced by Man Of Steel‘s Henry Cavill, who’ll play special agent Napoleon Solo to Hammer’s special agent Illya Kuryakin. Meanwhile, up-and-coming Swedish actress Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina, The Fifth Estate) will play the female lead.

Shooting is due to begin next month (September) with Ritchie directing from a script he co-wrote with Lionel Wigram, who worked with him as a producer on the Sherlock Holmes movies.

The original The Man From UNCLE TV series starred Robert Vaughan and David McCallum as a pair of secret agents who work for a fictitious international espionage agency called the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement (UNCLE). It ran for 105 episodes between 1964 and 1968.