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Old March 25 2013, 07:07 PM   #16
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Re: Guy Ritchie To Direct 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' Starring Tom Cruis

It's a shame Pine and Hardy were semi-wasted on This Means War. I'd prefer to have seen them in this.

How about Kunis or Jovovich as Mil(y)a Kuryakin? Kunis would be good if went dramatic comedy route; Jovovich if more straight-out guns and wire-work.
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Old March 25 2013, 07:20 PM   #17
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It seems an odd choice for Cruise, given that he already has his spy franchise based on a 60s tv show. Of course, this is likely to be lighter-hearted than MI (but might that remind people of Knight and Day, where he also played a tongue-in-cheek spy?)
Aye, definitely odd; I don't think I like it, though a period setting could help...
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Old March 25 2013, 07:27 PM   #18
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I'm sure there are plenty of fans who'd like to see a romance between them even if they're both male.
Yes, and I've read some of their slashfic! Doesn't quite suit the spirit of the original show, though.
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Old March 25 2013, 08:02 PM   #19
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My thoughts, too, went to Jon Hamm, but I can see him wanting to steer clear of it if they keep it in the 60's.

Honestly, George Clooney would fit nicely in the role. As for Illya, I wouldn't mind a woman taking on the character.. Milla would be fun, in a no-nonesense, guns and glory kind of character.
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Old March 25 2013, 08:15 PM   #20
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Illya Kuryakin, who was a more serious, distant, enigmatic sort -- although Illya was also a younger man and a major sex symbol, dubbed "the blond Beatle" by the media due to his popularity with young female viewers...someone who can capture the character's stoic reserve and enigma. I can't think of anyone offhand, though.
Assuming they stick with a male actor, Ryan Gosling comes to mind.
I like that suggestion too, though I think that the two leading men should be of similar age. Cruise has a good 20 years on Gosling.
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Old March 26 2013, 03:12 AM   #21
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It's a shame Pine and Hardy were semi-wasted on This Means War. I'd prefer to have seen them in this.
Oh, I really like that idea.
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Old March 26 2013, 04:17 AM   #22
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Honestly, George Clooney would fit nicely in the role. As for Illya, I wouldn't mind a woman taking on the character.. Milla would be fun, in a no-nonesense, guns and glory kind of character.
There was a Clooney version with Steven Soderbergh that never got very far. Hell, there's a good chance this might not even happen with Tom Cruise. Actors are attached to projects and leave all the time.

That's how Green Hornet went from George Clooney to Greg Kinnear to... Seth Rogen.
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Old March 26 2013, 06:08 PM   #23
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^I'd like to pretend that movie never happened. Eesh.

I'm reeeeeaaallly hoping that Cruise isn't in an UNCLE film. I'm so sick of him, I can't stand it. He just comes off as fake and unlikable.

Of course, I was always an Illyia girl, so my main concern is who plays Kuryakin. Right now, I'm thinking Paul Bettany would be a good choice.
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Old March 26 2013, 06:45 PM   #24
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I think people's problems with Cruise stem mainly from his personal life. Judging him strictly as an actor, I've always found him to be quite capable, professional, and dedicated. I admire the care and hard work he puts into his craft, whatever issues I may have with other aspects of his life that are really none of my business anyway.

That said, I just don't think he's the right choice for Napoleon Solo. Particularly since he's already the lead of another spy-revival franchise. It gives the impression that the movie might not be distinct enough in its character and flavor. Now, Ritchie directing is encouraging; the Holmes-Watson relationship in his Holmes movies feels reasonably similar to the Solo-Kuryakin dynamic, a resourceful, larger-than-life comic hero bantering with his more serious sidekick. So he seems like a good choice. I'm just not sure Cruise could pull it off. Then again, Cruise has done comedy in the past, and he did a rather chameleonic turn in Tropic Thunder. So maybe he could play a different enough persona to make it work -- but I'm afraid the studio would be pushing for just more of the same stuff he does in M:I.
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Old March 26 2013, 06:51 PM   #25
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I think Cruise can play impish and playful without any problem. He's be great as Napoleon Solo. Actually you know who'd be the perfect Kuryakin to Cruise's Solo? Leonardo DiCaprio.
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Old March 26 2013, 08:14 PM   #26
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Isn't there also another question about Kuryakin: what nationality do you make him? Stay Russian, as there's enough tension with Putin's Russia for the undercurrent (such as it was, of UNCLE being above superpower politics) to be the same, or go with somewhere more openly hostile to 'the west'? And if so, where?
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Old March 26 2013, 09:10 PM   #27
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He should stay Russian...but I'm sure the movie studios will change it.
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Old March 26 2013, 09:27 PM   #28
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Actually you know who'd be the perfect Kuryakin to Cruise's Solo? Leonardo DiCaprio.
If DiCaprio could lighten his hair to a blonde, I could see him as Kuryakin.
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Old March 26 2013, 11:06 PM   #29
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Isn't there also another question about Kuryakin: what nationality do you make him? Stay Russian, as there's enough tension with Putin's Russia for the undercurrent (such as it was, of UNCLE being above superpower politics) to be the same, or go with somewhere more openly hostile to 'the west'? And if so, where?
Well, I've only seen 9 episodes so far, but I don't see any tension at all between Solo and Kuryakin. The U.N.C.L.E. is treated as an international security organization protecting against threats to every nation's security and survival; the basic dynamic is not one superpower versus another, but the cooperating nations of the world versus rogue groups and terrorist organizations threatening to destabilize global security. That's actually a far more plausible and timely premise today than it was in the 1960s. So there's no reason for Illya not to be Russian.
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Old March 27 2013, 04:40 AM   #30
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Isn't there also another question about Kuryakin: what nationality do you make him? Stay Russian, as there's enough tension with Putin's Russia for the undercurrent (such as it was, of UNCLE being above superpower politics) to be the same, or go with somewhere more openly hostile to 'the west'? And if so, where?
Well, I've only seen 9 episodes so far, but I don't see any tension at all between Solo and Kuryakin. The U.N.C.L.E. is treated as an international security organization protecting against threats to every nation's security and survival; the basic dynamic is not one superpower versus another, but the cooperating nations of the world versus rogue groups and terrorist organizations threatening to destabilize global security. That's actually a far more plausible and timely premise today than it was in the 1960s. So there's no reason for Illya not to be Russian.
Tend to agree, there's never any tension between them and the point is that they're working together on something more important than politics, which is why I mentioned it only as being a very vague undercurrent (indeed, some of the network PR material at the time actually claimed that Kuryakin was a defector, which really annoyed the producers as a case of Missing The Point). But in character terms it matters slightly, that this pair who trust each other implicitly are from enemy nations.
BTW, Christopher, if you're only just getting into seeing the series, the one spin-off book to track down is The Dagger Affair, which sees Thrush and UNCLE working together temporarily, and explains how Thrush developed out of the remnants of Professor Moriarty's organisation, and how, during the first world war, Waverly saved the life of the man who'd later become the head of Thrush. Really nice stuff.
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