Tom Cruise has pulled out of Guy Ritchie’s The Man From UNCLE movie.
Cruise had been attached to star alongside Armie Hammer in Ritchie’s film adaptation of the classic ’60s TV series, but has dropped out to concentrate on the new Mission: Impossible movie instead, Deadline reports.
Ritchie plans to begin filming The Man From UNCLE this autumn, but earlier this month (May) Cruise signed up to star in Mission: Impossible 5, which is now due to go into production before the end of the year. Timing was apparently too tight, especially because Cruise is also a producer on the M:I franchise, so he decided to make the sequel his sole priority.
However, Armie Hammer remains on board for The Man From UNCLE and Ritchie and makers Warner Bros will now “go hard” to find him a new co-star, Deadline reports.
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.