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Alicia Vikander Joins 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' As The Female Lead Opposite Tom Cruise

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 8, 2013 6:59 PM
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Alicia Vikander
Weren’t we just saying the pretty and talented Swedish actress Alicia Vikander was on the rise and would soon be leaving the period-piece ghetto? Frankly, we’ve had our eye on the actress for a while. We called her one of the actresses to watch in early 2012 and she’s fulfilled her promise with excellent turns in “A Royal Affair” and “Anna Karenina.” She can act and it hasn't gone unnoticed. She was up for the lead role in “Cinderella,” and while she didn’t land the part, she’s scored another plum role, the lead role in Warner Bros.' “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”

Armie Hammer Joins Tom Cruise In Guy Ritchie's 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 24, 2013 7:09 PM
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Armie Hammer
It's incredible to think of the ups and down actor Armie Hammer has had. His career was launched in 2010 as the Winklevi twins in David Fincher's "The Social Network," a small but crucial role that earned him just the right amount of attention. But about two years before that Hammer must have assumed he had scored his first real break -- playing Bruce Wayne and Batman in George Miller's "Justice League" film that came close to shooting in 2008, down under, but Warner Bros. eventually pulled the plug.

Tom Cruise May Be Guy Ritchie's 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2013 8:28 PM
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We've been over this ground before, but we'll make it brief. Once set to be directed by Steven Soderbergh, with George Clooney attached to star, the helmer bailed on Warner Bros. "The Man From From U.N.C.L.E." in the fall of 2011, after an impasse over casting (among other things). Clooney wasn't able to take the role, so the studio decided to eye someone younger (which is something they wanted all along anyway), with names like Bradley Cooper, Joel Edgerton and Ryan Gosling tossed around. Soderbergh's choices were either Michael Fassbender or Joel Kinnaman, gambles at the time, but in hindsight look pretty smart, but regardless, he moved on. About a month later, Guy Ritchie took over the project and then pretty much radio silence...until now...

Scott Z. Burns Says Steven Soderbergh's 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' Would've Centered On 1966 Palomares B-52 Crash

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • January 31, 2013 9:18 AM
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Now that Steven Soderbergh's hiatus from film has finally arrived (read our discussion with him here), alongside speculation on the director's next professional move comes reflection on his career thus far. One of his most involved projects -- an adaptation of '60s spy show “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” -- was scrapped in late 2011 after years of development, but now Soderbergh's longtime collaborator has finally revealed what could've been.

Quentin Tarantino Reveals He Was Offered 'Green Lantern,' Says Spielberg Gave Him Career Advice After 'Grindhouse'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 16, 2012 11:53 AM
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While some filmmakers can difficult, evasive or coy during interviews, Quentin Tarantino has always been more than happy to generously share his thoughts with journalists and fans. And no surprise that his recent interview for Playboy has already yieleded some interesting nuggets about his own career aspirations and the casting process for the lead in "Django Unchained." Over at Deadline, Mike Fleming -- who conducted the interview for the lad mag -- has posted some outtakes from his conversation with Tarantino, and of course, there are more interseting nuggets from the filmmaker.

Nicolas Winding Refn Was Originally In Talks To Direct 'Magic Mike'; Steven Soderbergh Has No Desire To Make Another "Important Movie"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 26, 2012 10:17 AM
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Well, you gotta admit, Channing Tatum has got some serious taste when it comes to directors. With his CV so far including folks like Michael Mann, Kevin Macdonald, Ron Howard, Kimberley Peirce and now, of course, Steven Soderbergh (x3), there's another helmer that, had things gone differently, Tatum would've already knocked out a couple movies with. His name? Nicolas Winding Refn. After "Bronson" in 2008, Refn was lining up the thriller "The Dying Of The Light," which would've starred Harrison Ford and Tatum in a Paul Schrader-penned film about a CIA agent who becomes afflicted by blindness. The project fell apart, but it seems Tatum and Refn were talking about reuniting on something entirely different.

Steven Soderbergh: The Complete Playlist Interview

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 22, 2012 10:56 AM
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Anyone who's heard him at a Q&A, been present for one of his lectures, or even listened to a commentary knows one thing about Steven Soderbergh; he's a great conversationalist. Some filmmakers can barely talk about their own work, but a discussion with Soderbergh won't just involve him talking candidly about his own process and films, but also anything that happens to come up.

'I Can't Imagine Doing Another Action Movie:' Steven Soderbergh Discusses The Fights, Music & Influences Of 'Haywire'

  • By The Playlist
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  • January 17, 2012 2:03 PM
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Steven Soderbergh has tried his hand in many things over the years including a relationship drama, coming-of-age tales, crime capers, retro post-war noir, Spanish-language epics, and most recently, a disaster movie. But one thing he'd never really taken on before? The action movie. There had been some slick set pieces in the "Ocean's Eleven" trilogy, but nothing else that really qualifies. Until now, that is. Friday sees the release of "Haywire," the director's first full-on actioner, and the first of four films set to be released ahead of his hiatus from filmmaking.

Guy Ritchie Takes Over 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 8, 2011 5:05 PM
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After being rumored/offered a handful of projects this year, ranging from "Cannonball Run," "300: Battle Of Artemesia" and "Excalibur" (which wound up falling apart anyway once Warner Bros. moved ahead with "Arthur & Lancelot"), it looks like the WB has found a project for their "Sherlock Holmes" director to tackle next.

Exclusive: Steven Soderbergh Spies Other Plans, Won't Direct 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'

  • By The Playlist
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  • November 18, 2011 12:32 AM
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Breaking news: after a long, drawn-out casting process between Warner Bros. and Steven Soderbergh, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker has decided to opt out and will not be directing "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.," a project he and writer Scott Z. Burns have been developing since early 2010. Soderbergh was in meetings with WB brass this evening in Los Angeles and could not come to an agreement over casting and budgets and decided to part ways on the project.

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