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Will Bradley Cooper and Joel Edgerton Board Soderbergh's Man From U.N.C.L.E.?

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood November 3, 2011 at 7:52AM

Despite the box office failure of his well-reviewed Warrior, which Lionsgate hopes critics will remember at the end of the year, Joel Edgerton continues to be courted as a leading man. Better than his offer to star in 300: Battle of Artemisia, is the chance to star in Steven Soderbergh's The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. Bradley Cooper is waiting to commit to the picture (as Napoleon Solo, which George Clooney turned down because of back problems) until it is clear who will be playing Russian agent Illya Kuryakin (possibly Edgerton).
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Despite the box office failure of his well-reviewed Warrior, which Lionsgate hopes critics will remember at the end of the year, Joel Edgerton continues to be courted as a leading man. Better than his offer to star in 300: Battle of Artemisia, is the chance to star in Steven Soderbergh's The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. Bradley Cooper is waiting to commit to the picture (as Napoleon Solo, which George Clooney turned down because of back problems) until it is clear who will be playing Russian agent Illya Kuryakin (possibly Edgerton).

The original hit NBC series (1964 to 1968, which I adored as a kid--I named two kittens Napoleon and Illya) starred Robert Vaughn as Solo and David McCallum as Kuryakin. Scott Z. Burns (Soderbergh's The Informant and Contagion, TOH interview here) is writing the script about the 1960s Cold War era London-set United Network Command for Law and Enforcement. Lets hope these pieces come together.

This article is related to: Directors, Genres, Headliners, Studios, TV, CASTING WATCH, Steven Soderbergh, Warner Bros./New Line


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.