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Warner Brothers' adaptation of the 1960s spy series 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' has experienced a strange production journey so far. Originally set to be directed by Steven Soderbergh, with George Clooney in the starring role, 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' will now be helmed by Guy Ritchie ('Sherlock Holmes') with Tom Cruise set to star. This change was the result of Soderbergh's self-imposed retirement. But now that the film is moving forward, the time has come to find a talented supporting cast. Today, the first big name has been etched under Cruise's on the cast list. Armie Hammer ('The Social Network') has signed on to the project. Details on his role are currently being kept under wraps. Hammer will also be appearing alongside Johnny Depp in Gore Verbinski's big-screen adaptation of 'The Lone Ranger.'
So here's the question, how strong is Hammer's Russian accent? 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' TV series centered on a pair of secret agents from an international law enforcement agency, one American the other Soviet, who teamed up to take on the sinister forces of the villainous Thrush organization. It's clear that Cruise will be playing the lead American agent, a role that was made famous on TV by Robert Vaughn. I am wondering now if Hammer is going to play the other agent, Illya Kuryakin. At first glance, one would wonder why the studio would potentially consider Hammer for this role as opposed to a Russian actor. But then again, Kuryakin was played on television by Scottish actor David McCallum so it's not as if this would be any less accurate than the show. I really like Hammer as a performer, but since his appearance in 'The Social Network,' I've been disappointed by his choice of projects; 'J. Edgar,' 'Mirror Mirror,' etc. I would feel much better about this particular gig if Soderbergh was still behind the camera, but I'm hoping for the best.
What do you guys think? How do you feel about Hammer being cast? Do you think he'll be playing the Russian agent? Will he have a fake accent?