Although Hugh Grant has a reputation for being overly picky with his projects, he obviously has nothing against Guy Ritchie‘s The Man From U.N.C.L.E., the movie which is reportedly below the line of big budget production.
Grant has signed on for a supporting role in the feature adaptation of the 1960s TV show, starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer as Napoleon Solo and Illya Kullyakin, agents of United Network Command for Law Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.) who protect the Earth from the evil organization Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesireables and the Subjugation of Humanity (T.H.R.U.S.H.).
Production that is originally slated to begin in March 2012 (Steven Soderbergh was attached to direct) is finally scheduled to start next month.
Grant will play the head of British Naval Intelligence, while Alicia Vikander plays the female lead, a British agent, a character who wasn’t in ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E. ‘ TV seres which ran from 1964 to 1968.
Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby) will also star as a femme fatale in the 2014 release.
Ritchie and Lionel Wigram who worked together on his last two films about Sherlock Holmes, co-wrote the script alongside Scott Z. Burns and will co-produce the pic along with John Davis.
Grant who showed his dark side in multiple Cloud Atlas roles is currently filming Marc Lawrence’s as-yet untitled, New York-set romantic comedy, probably as the bumbling English gent he normally plays.