Bradley Cooper, who was reported to have been in negotiations to play the lead in Warner Brothers big screen adaption of the classic 60s television spy series, has passed on taking part in the Steven Soderbergh-directed film.
This puts the studio back on the search to find someone to play Napoleon Solo, the role made famous by Robert Vaughn in the `60s.
Cooper joins George Clooney, Johnny Depp and Matt Damon in having passed on the project.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. ran for four seasons on NBC from 1964 to 1968 during the height of the Cold War and starred Robert Vaughn and David McCullum as two agents for the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement weekly battling the evil machinations of the terrorist organization THRUSH. Cashing in on the popularity of the James Bond films, the show was popular enough to launch a series of tie-ins novels and comic books, a spin-off TV series, The Girl From UNCLE, and saw a TV reunion movie in 1983.
The script for the new film was written by screenwriter Scott Z. Burns and reportedly keeps the show’s original 1960s setting.
Warners was originally looking to get the film into production next spring, and they still could, if they find someone to lead the cast.