It's spy vs. spy in Guy Ritchie's The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) and Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger) star as spies in director Guy Ritchie's The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

hollywood Updated: Feb 12, 2015 17:41 IST
Rohan Naahar
Rohan Naahar
Hindustan Times
The Man from UNCLE,Guy Ritchie,Armie Hammer

Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for cult favourite Guy Ritchie's The Man from U.N.C.L.E. The 60s set spy comedy is set against the backdrop of the Cold War and features American Napoleon Solo (Henry 'Man of Steel' Cavill) and Russian Illya Kuryakin (Armie 'Lone Ranger' Hammer) as they join forces against a common enemy.

Ritchie's kinetic, flashy style that he laid claim on in films like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Snatch (2000), RocknRolla (2008) and the Sherlock Holmes duology, is back here.

With his co-writer Lionel Wigram, Ritchie aims for a strictly tongue-in-cheek approach. The car chases, boat chases, the opulent locations and the retro costumes are both a homage to and spoof of the great spy genre. The early James Bond films, which debuted around the same time, seem to be the treasure trove that is being mined.

Watch trailer here:

Henry Cavill does his best debonair cad impression as Armie Hammer plays it cool and brooding as his counterpart. The conflict between them and their clashing personalities (and countries) is also hinted at. These two would not survive five minutes in the same room together, let alone save the world for an entire movie.

Although the spy-comedy genre has admittedly been done to death in the last decade or so (Austin Powers, Get Smart, OSS), The Man from U.N.C.L.E. seems to toning it down. While the knowing nods are still there, the humour isn't as broad as one might have anticipated back when Steven Soderbergh was attached to direct. Plus, the prospect of watching a cool spy movie in Guy Ritchie's signature style is too tempting to pass up.

The film also stars Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby), Alicia Vikander (A Royal Affair) and in a scene-stealing cameo, Hugh Grant, doing his best Hugh Grant impression.

Sadly, this also means that we won't be seeing our favourite sleuth anytime soon as Ritchie is off to direct his franchise starter King Arthur next.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is out on August 14 in the US.

Guy Ritchie just joined twitter and as his first tweet posted the trailer.

First Published: Feb 12, 2015 15:37 IST