Armie Hammer’s making a pretty decent living out of mining the past.
After breaking on the scene by playing twins in David Fincher’s The Social Network, Hammer has graced the screen in such features as Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar and the upcoming summer blockbuster, The Lone Ranger.
Now Deadline says that Hammer is “set to star” alongside Tom Cruise in a remake of the classic television show The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which Guy Ritchie will helm for Warner Bros. A spy thriller-comedy, U.N.C.L.E. starred Robert Vaughan and David McCallum as agents of the United Network Command for Law Enforcement, who wage “war” on the wicked forces of Thrush.
Warner has been trying to get U.N.C.L.E. off the ground for some time now, at one time circling a version that had George Clooney in the lead and Steven Soderbergh directing. Ritchie landed the gig a while back, thanks (I’m sure) to the successes of his Sherlock Holmes franchise. Now with the addition of Hammer, it feels like this one is ready to fly.
And that’s good news. Cruise is coming off another hit in Oblivion, and is likely in search of his next massive franchise. Could U.N.C.L.E. one day rival the mega-star’s Mission: Impossible franchise … itself born from a popular television show of the past? Too soon to tell at this point, though anything’s possible.
In the meantime, look for Hammer on screen this July when Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger rides into theaters and lassos your box-office dollars. Hi ho Hammer, away!