Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Superman and Lone Ranger team for U.N.C.L.E remake

Henry Cavill, the new "Man of Steel," and Armie Hammer, who has the title role opposite Johnny Depp in "The Lone Ranger," will team up this fall to play Sixties spy guys Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin.

Superman and Lone Ranger team for U.N.C.L.E remake

Henry Cavill as Superman in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action adventure “Man of Steel,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
Henry Cavill as Superman in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action adventure “Man of Steel,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

Here's an equation for you: Man of Steel + The Lone Ranger + Sherlock Holmes = box office smash?

That's what the execs at Warner Bros. are probably doodling on their legal pads.

Cue the Jerry Goldsmith theme music, and memorize the acronym: In The Man from U.N.C.L.E., the Sixties spy series starring Robert Vaughn as secret agent Napoleon Solo and David McCallum as his Russian partner, Illya Kuryakin, U.N.C.L.E. stands for United Network Command for Law and Enforcement.

You can bet that Henry Cavill, the English actor with the fresh megahit on his hands  -- Man of Steel, in which he plays some illegal alien with a fancy cape who swoops around Earth -- and Armie Hammer -- soon to be seen as a masked lawman galloping around Texas with a Johnny Depp-like Indian in The Lone Ranger -- are studying up on their U.N.C.L.E. DVDs and dossiers right now. This fall, Cavill and Hammer will head to Europe to shoot the big screen adaptation of the beloved NBC show. Cavill will be Solo, Hammer Kuryakin.

Steven Soderbergh, recently retired from directing, was working on an U.N.C.L.E. movie a couple of years ago, but Warners took the project away from him. The newly revived iteration has Guy Ritchie, of the two Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes hits, assigned as director. The Man from F.R.A.N.C.H.I.S.E.?

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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

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