Guy Ritchie has a crack at the Cold War with The Man From U.N.C.L.E. But is he cool enough?
Guy Ritchie‘s been something of a hot topic recently following the knock-out trailer for his big screen adaptation of groovy spy show The Man From U.N.C.L.E. But that’s far from the only thing on the books for the Lock, Stock… and Sherlock Holmes director.
Now that U.N.C.L.E has finished up, Ritchie will return to his English homeland for Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur. With nothing but a cast list and some gritty cartoon strips I made of Merlin holding a shotgun to Arthur’s head and calling him a “facking toilet!” (that’s an excellent Cockney accent in case you’re interested), we’ve had very little to go on with this medieval movie. Fortunately, since the U.N.C.L.E trailer landed so well, Ritchie is feeling generous and has posted an image from KOTRT. Some people call it KORT. That’s not how I roll with acronyms.
Ritchie tweeted an image from the set of KOTRT with star Charlie Hunman in full Arhturian garb. Hunman will star as King Arthur himself, so as set pics go it’s a goodie. Check it out, courtesy of Guy Ritchie‘s brain and subsequently his Twitter:
Well that doesn’t look like any of my preliminary sketches. The tweet that accompanied the picture is as understated as it is informative.
“First day on KORT”
Oh, so Ritchie calls it KORT too? Ah screw it, I like the way I write it.
There’s a distinct lack of velvet capes, crowns and golden armour, so it looks as though Ritchie isn’t straying too far from from grotty, stripped down stock and trade. And it’s a far cry from the sixties flare of UNCLE, which will arguably be Ritchie’s most colourful film to date. But all this shows is that Ritchie is faithful to the time he’s portraying in terms of costumes, which is no mean feat and rarely the easy route, especially with medieval portrayals.
Hopefully we’ll be seeing a lot lore from this project soon. Starring alongside Hunman are Astrid Bergès-Frisbey as Guinevere, Eric Bana as Arthur’s father, Uther Pendragon, Jude Law as villain Vortigern and Djimon Hounsou is nearly confirmed as Sir Bedivere.
So what set pic do you wanna see next?
If you’re coming off the bullet-proof balls-out high that is Kingsman: The Secret Service, and you’re looking for your next hefty dose of stylish spy awesomeness, then you need look no further. Warner Bros. has been kind enough to release the first official trailer for Guy Ritchie’s latest offering The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Until now we’ve only had an image from the film that confirmed the retention of the 60’s setting of the original TV show from which the film has been adapted. Now we have a two-and-a-half-minute promise of everything else the film has to offer, which is to say a hell of a lot. Check out the trailer blow, courtesy of YouTube:
Groovy. From the small speak we have of U.N.C.L.E it certainly looks as though Ritchie has been steadily sharpening his directing implements since Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows four years ago. Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer look perfectly on form as Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, American and Russian spies forced together to defuse the threat of a Nazi-controlled atom bomb. It’s especially nice to Cavill loosen up after playing a very steely Man of Steel. Did you notice Hugh Grant near the end there too?
The film is still set for release on August 14th, so…I don’t know, maybe watch Kingsman a few more times.
It’s been a quiet start to the Christmassy week of the year, with everyone slowing down and losing energy. But now we have a quick kick up the ass from one of the slower-moving projects of 2014. And a big budget project no less.
Screenrant has reported that the first official image from the set of The Man From U.N.C.L.E., revealing how cast members Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer. This is the latest project from director Guy Ritchie, who’s moved away from his modern day grit and turn-of-the-century detectives and landed more in the less in the middle with the 1960’s TV show adaptation. One look at the image and you can see that Ritchie is staying faithful to the time and setting of the original show that followed two secret agents from opposing agencies who were forced to work together. Don’t worry, that’s as far as the similarities to Mr and Mrs Smith go. Here’s the image, courtesy of Screenrant:
So just so you know eactly what you’re looking at, Cavill is playing Napoleon Solo, a spy working for the CIA, while Hammer plays his KGB counterpart Illya Kuryakin. Next to them is Alicia Vikander, who plays Gaby Teller. She seems to have a few scratches on her arm so this scene could very well be a quick gin-and-breather between gun fights. The costumes definitely speak for themselves, emulating the counteracting styles of the rival spies in the original show.
U.N.C.L.E. has been in the works a lot longer than some people think, with directors like Steven Soderbergh and David Dobkin washing their hands of the project. But now we’ve finally gotten some traction the film looks like it must be close to completion. Do I hear trailer-bells in the air?
Like the look of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.?