Bradley Cooper Offered Lead In 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'

by Kevin Jagernauth
October 21, 2011 2:59 AM
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With George Clooney forced to bow out due to a bad back from the physically demanding lead role of Napoleon Solo in "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.," director Steven Soderbergh began looking at a number of possible actors to take on the part with Michael Fassbender and Ewan McGregor among his favored names. However, Warner Bros. has got the ball rolling, placing a call to somebody on their wishlist.

Variety reports that Bradley Cooper has received an offer to take on the franchise film. The "The Hangover" and "Limitless" star has spent the year building up a considerable calendar of work having already wrapped "The Words" and Derek Cianfrance's reteam with Ryan Gosling "The Place Beyond The Pines," and he's currently in front of cameras on David O. Russell's "The Silver Linings Playbook." After that he will fly to Australia to play Lucifer in Alex Proyas' "Paradise Lost" and if the pieces come together on 'U.N.C.L.E.' he would shoot that in March 2012.

The film has a script from Scott Z. Burns’ ("Contagion," “The Informant!”) and will be a 1960s period piece set in London during the Cold War, that also features a strong co-starring slot for the role of Russian spy Ilya Kuryakin. Will Cooper become part of the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement and take on T.H.R.U.S.H.? We'll soon see.

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4 Comments

  • GJ | October 23, 2011 9:43 AMReply

    Cooper's too much of a light-weight. Fassbender would be by far better. Just go back & watch the early "wet work" scenes in "X-Men First Class". Better yet, retire Danny Craig & make MF the new Bond-James Bond.

  • Laura | October 22, 2011 1:11 AMReply

    Bradley Cooper? No. Just no.

  • padre | October 21, 2011 8:29 AMReply

    Bomb

    This will do about as well as the A-Team movie. Bradley Cooper, just doesn't have "It". He has comedic smarm and Eddie Haskell douche bag appeal, that best works as a foil and second banana. It's a valuable niche, but it's a niche. He's not really a ladies man that gets all the girls worked up, nor is he a guy's guy, with the macho oneliners, that dudes are eager to see in action flicks.

  • rodie | October 21, 2011 3:44 AMReply

    Franchise film? Sounds great, but will Soderbergh direct the first film and hand it over to someone else for the sequels? I wonder if he'll stay on as a producer/consultant for the sequels, or if his retirement from filmmaking means no more producing either...?

    Maybe we could see Gregory Jacobs step up and take the reigns for the sequels.

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