With a retro vibe familiar to fans of Matthew Vaughn‘s X-Men: First Class – steeped in 60’s nostalgia, oozing the style and decadence of the era whilst framed through the lens (and SFX houses) of 2015 – Guy Ritchie is promising quite the ride with his new explosive origin story of The Man From U.N.C.L.E., based on the classic TV spy series starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum.
Now updated with the decidedly more pin-up friendly coupling of Henry Cavill as Napoleon Solo, once again burying the English accent to play the All-American C.I.A. superspy, and Armie Hammer as efficient K.G.B. operative Illya Kuryakin, the pair join forces in the shadow of the Cold War to save the world from a mysterious organisation (and no doubt forming their own titular acronym by the end credits, of course).
Ritchie appears to maintain the tongue-in-cheek approach of the original series – which rode on the coattails of James Bond and Mission: Impossible, back in the mid-60’s, and infuses it with a lot of thrills and spills that modern audiences expect: all soundtracked to a decidedly groovy vibe – and while being impeccably suited, of course.
The production may have had its sticking points – The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was originally scheduled to be released back in January and is mired with reports of damp squib test screenings, reshoots and re-edits – but, with this first trailer galloping out of the gate, it’s looking like the boys are back on track and we, for one, are looking forward to seeing what Ritchie has up his sleeve. (A poison dart gun, perhaps, or a cufflink that is actaully a micro-transmitter. There’s definitely going to be a bomb or two in the heel of the shoes, let’s all agree on that…)
THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. is a Davis/Wigram Production, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, and directed by Guy Ritchie. It stars Henry Cavill (Man Of Steel), Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger), Hugh Grant (Notting Hill), Elizabeth Debicki and Alicia Vikander (Ex_Machina). Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. centers on CIA agent Solo and KGB agent Kuryakin. Forced to put aside longstanding hostilities, the two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. The duo’s only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe. The film is scheduled for a 14th August 2015 release.