Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Edgerton to take Russian role?

Joel Edgerton could be the next Ilya Kuryakin

Joel Edgerton is in the running to be in Steven Soderbergh's The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

The Australian actor, who has recently been offered the lead role in the upcoming 300 sequel, 300: Battle Of Artemisia, is rumoured to have been offered the role of Russian partner Ilya Kuryakin, reported Vulture.

Scottish actor David McCallum previously played the part in the 60s TV spy series.

Bradley Cooper is still considering the lead role of Napoleon Solo, Robert Vaughn's old role, which Michael Fassbender, George Clooney and Ryan Reynolds were previously linked to.

The big-screen remake - a 60s period piece focusing on the fictitious United Network Command for Law and Enforcement set in London during the Cold War - reunites the director with his Contagion and Informant writer Scott Z Burns.

"The thing that was really fascinating to me was how do you make a spy movie without technology. I haven't really written a period thing. And that was what drove me to it was I thought that's a different set of tools to do a spy movie with and the Cold War's pretty fascinating," the writer told The Playlist.

Joel, who is currently working with Baz Luhrmann on The Great Gatsby, is also set to team up with Oscar-winning filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal on Kill Bin Laden.

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