Hugh Grant Joins 'Man from U.N.C.L.E.' (Exclusive)

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The British actor will have a supporting role in Guy Ritchie's spy film.

Hugh Grant has signed on for a supporting role in Guy Ritchie's spy film The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Warner Bros.’ big-screen take on the classic 1960s spy TV series will star Man of Steel actor Henry Cavill, who stepped in to replace Tom Cruise in late May.

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The film follows special agents Napoleon Solo (Cavill) and Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer), who work for the mysterious United Network Command for Law and Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.). Alicia Vikander also stars as the female lead in the pic.

Grant will play the head of British Naval Intelligence.

Production is slated to begin in September.

Ritchie is directing and co-wrote the script with Lionel Wigram. Ritchie and Wigram also are producing under their new production shingle, which has a first-look deal with Warner Bros. John Davis is producing as well.

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Ritchie and Wigram worked together on Ritchie's last two films, Sherlock Holmes and sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.

Cruise had been attached to star in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. but dropped out of the project due to his schedule bumping up against Mission: Impossible 5.

Grant most recently appeared in Cloud Atlas and Did You Hear About the Morgans? and voiced The Pirates! Band of Misfits. He's repped by CAA and Underarm Services Ltd.

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