Armie Hammer Is the Other ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.’

Bryan Enk
Movie Talk
Armie Hammer
Armie Hammer

It looks like Tom Cruise has himself a partner.

Armie Hammer, star of this summer's "The Lone Ranger," will soon go from Masked Man to "Man From U.N.C.L.E." as he's signed on to join Cruise in the long in-development big-screen adaptation of the 1960s television series.

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"The Man From U.N.C.L.E." chronicled the adventures of Napoleon Solo (American, played by Robert Vaughn) and Illya Nickovetch Kuryakin (Russian, played by Scottish actor David McCallum), two operatives who work for the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement, a global organization dedicated to stamping out evil. Every week the two partners would use their wits, wisdom and, of course, a bunch of cool gadgets in battling the dastardly forces of THRUSH (Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity). The show ran on NBC for four seasons from 1965 to 1968.

Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise

Armie Hammer will be playing the role of Illya Kuryakin opposite Tom Cruise's Napoleon Solo, with both stars set for what Warner Bros. hopes could be a lucrative new spy franchise. Cruise is certainly no stranger to the genre with four "Mission: Impossible" films under his belt ... and if any young Hollywood star is ready for his own franchise, it's Hammer.

Hammer seems to be making a career out of playing the second male lead to a Hollywood A-lister. Ever since he stole the show (twice) as the Winklevoss Twins in "The Social Network," Hammer has scored gigs that have paired him up with Leonardo DiCaprio ("J. Edgar") and Johnny Depp ("The Lone Ranger"). He also recently got to show off his knack for physical comedy (and hunkiness, of course) with Julia Roberts and Lily Collins in "Mirror Mirror."

"The Man From U.N.C.L.E." is set to be directed by Guy Ritchie, who's currently one of WB's favorite directors following the success of both "Sherlock Holmes" movies and who will no doubt fill the film with luscious muscle-rippling slow-motion. Meanwhile, Armie Hammer will ride as "The Lone Ranger" on July 3.

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