The-Man-from-UncleHugh Grant is to appear in Guy Ritchie’s big-screen adaptation of the 1960s television series The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

According to The Hollywood Reporter the actor will have a supporting role in the film; Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikdander are also part of the adaptation. Grant will play the head of British Navel Intelligence. Man of Steel star Henry Cavill will play special agent Napoleon Solo while The Longer Ranger actor Armie Hammer will play Illya Kuryankin.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E ran on NBC between 1964 and 1968 and aired 105 episodes across four seasons. The spy series starred Robert Vaughn and David McCallum and James Bond creator Ian Fleming was involved with the show’s creation. The series was successful enough for a spin-off to be launched in 1967; The Girl From U.N.C.L.E which starred Stefanie Powers. Although there were crossover plots the spin-off was not a success and finished after 29 episodes.

In the UK the series was shown on the various ITV franchises and was widely touted as a rival to the BBC‘s Doctor Who. In 1983 a reunion entitled The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E aired on CBS and saw Vaughn and McCallum reprise their respective roles. The reunion movie also starred Patrick Macnee and George Lazenby.

Production on Guy Ritchie’s adaptation will begin in September with a 2014 release date.

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