Napoleon Solo and Ilya Kuryakin – names to conjure with. The former the best agent for the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement; the latter the youngest and best agent to join the KGB in its history. The two became the best partnership in espionage circles in the classic series The Man From U.N.C.L.E. – portrayed by Robert Vaughn and David McCallum.
Now, Guy Ritchie – he of darkly twisted crime films like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, and the steampunky resurrection of Sherlock Holmes – has adapted the series for film by updating it and setting it firmly in… the sixties.
Now we have Henry (Superman) Cavill as Solo and Armie (The Lone Ranger) Hammer as Kuryakin – but the basic situation remains much the same. The only question is this: what’s U.N.C.LE. got to do with it? As the movie’s first trailer shows, the pairing looks awfully good. Check it out after the jump. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. opens on August 14th.
Disney’s The Lone Ranger is set in the old west, so naturally trains are a big part of it – the completion of a significant portion of the continental railway is one the film’s key plot points. What isn’t apparent onscreen, though, is that the filmmakers had to build their trains and lay their own track. Check out the video above to see that story – then follow the jump to watch a featurette on the film’s story & characters.
That Armie Hammer is a good looking, TALL drink of water! During a recent press conference for The Lone Ranger I asked him how he prepared for The Lone Ranger and what is like to take on such an iconic role.
The Lone Ranger is one of those movies that could be either a spectacular success or a mind-boggling failure. The trailers – including the newest one (follow the jump to view) – look great, but trailers can lie. As a Lone Ranger fan since the original TV series, I’m hoping for the spectacular success – but I’m still crossing my fingers.
Here’s hoping The Lone Ranger can bring dusters back – or at least not kill them off for another generation…