Bradley Cooper is set to play another role in a TV show turned feature film. Variety reports that Cooper is the top choice for the role of Napoleon Solo in the upcoming Warner Bros. adaptation of the '60s spy series The Man From U.N.C.L.E., to be directed by Steven Soderbergh.
The original NBC series starred Robert Vaughn as Solo and David McCallum as Illya Kuryakin. They were "agents of United Network Command for Law Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.) who fight the forces of Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity (T.H.R.U.S.H.)."
Here is what writer Scott Z. Burns had to say about the film's 1960's setting:
"I thought it would be really fun to go back and look at spycraft in the Cold War and what you could and couldn't do," he said. "When you think about the world in the 1960's just in terms of cars and fashion and the aesthetic, to be able to go and shoot that world with today's cameras and today's technology, I think we could do some really cool stuff. Then also, the thing that was so cool about 'U.N.C.L.E.' that people don't realize--and this is why I like it more than 'Mission: Impossible'--the initial conceit of 'U.N.C.L.E.' was amazing. It was really about an organization that didn't have an affiliation with a country and Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin were guys who should've been sworn enemies. One was Russian and one was American and they worked together. In that way, it was a really incredibly progressive, hopeful kind of show."
Cooper has not officially finalized the deal. He will next be seen in The Silver Linings Playbook, The Place Beyond the Pines and Paradise Lost. I am really looking forward to seeing Paradise Lost, and am sure he will do fine in the role.