Casting open for U.N.C.L.E sidekick
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ryan Gosling and Alexander Skarsgard are reportedly battling it out to star in The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
George Clooney has just dropped out of starring as Napoleon Solo in Steven Soderbergh's spy drama, but TheWrap.com reports Warner Brothers is busy seeking an actor in his 20s to play sidekick Illya Kuryakin.
David McCallum played the young spy in the 60s TV series, who learned from his partnership with veteran Napoleon, played by Robert Vaughn, as they worked together at fictitious secret international espionage and law-enforcement agency U.N.C.L.E.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. the movie is scheduled to start production in February 2012.
Warner Bros has been trying to get the film off the ground for several years, and the project is expected to give the story a "fresh start", reportedly focusing on making it abuddy movie between the two spies.
The three actors have all become big names, Joseph having starred in Christopher Nolan's box office smash Inception, True Blood's Alexander appearing in Lars Von Trier's upcoming Melancholia and Ryan Gosling winning rave reviews for Blue Valentine and more recently Drive.