Henry Cavill stars as Napoleon Solo opposite Armie Hammer as Illya Kuraykin in the period spy thriller The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Based on the hugely popular 1960’s television series, the movie is set at the height of the Cold War. CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB agent Illya Kuraykin are compelled to join forces on a mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organisation from distorting the balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. The main lead to uncovering more about the organisation is the daughter of vanished German scientist, Gaby Teller played by Alicia Vikander.
In a Q&A, star actress Alicia reveals though she’d caught a glimpse of the original series as a young girl, she did not watch the series prior to filming to avoid referencing to the characters. Elizabeth Debicki (Victoria Vinciguerra) shared her alternate experiences on-set as opposed to off-set. Debicki was open about how lonely she felt playing Victoria, but still “had a marvelous time”. The two beauties agreed they had an absolute fabulous experience filming, including all the places they visited while in Italy.
Armie Hammer openly compared acting to his personal life saying that “the fun of acting-you get to play all these different roles that really, in no way, have anything to do with you. And it sort of gives you liberty to be crazy with your art, so you can be conservative in your life.” On the contrary Cavill feels that by playing a character you feel closer to the “character because you always put a little bit of yourself into your character.” All we can say is they did an absolutely fantastic job in the movie and we loved both characters!
Guy Ritchie, Director & Producer, describes his work on The Man from U.N.C.L.E. as a “revolutionist diversion-what we like to say in a positive sense-of the amalgamation of the early genre”. The idea between Ritchie and Co-Writer Lionel Wigram was to set the movie apart. Although it’s a period movie, the vision was to stray away from the concept of other spy titles of the “typical lone agent” and instead center it around two spies and ultimately two heroes. Wigram reveals the “idea of an American and a Russian, arch enemies at the height of the Cold War, is such a fertile territory for storytelling. We couldn’t resist.”
Both visionary producers we’re very much on the same page, with Guy stating “It was just tremendous fun to make, and a small part because we spent six weeks gallivanting around Naples and Rome”, while Wigram added “We loved it.”
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is out in cinemas this week, August 14th.