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.