It wasn't long ago that we heard that
Warner Bros had a pretty starry wishlist
for Steven Soderbergh's adaptation of '60s TV series,
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Well now there's word from Variety that Bradley Cooper has been offered the lead role of American agent Napoleon Solo, played by Robert Vaughn in the TV series.
It seems hard to believe that Cooper would turn down the chance to work with an on-form Soderbergh (especially as the director keeps threatening to retire), but scheduling could be an issue.
Cooper has completed work on Derek Cianfrance and Ryan Gosling's Blue Valentine follow-up The Place Beyond The Pines , and he'll soon be jumping into David O Russell's The Silver Linings Playbook .
Will he have time to shoot U.N.C.L.E. before he starts work on the ambitious Paradise Lost adaptation?
He's certainly got the looks, charm and confidence to play a slick '60s agent; expect to hear confirmation of this one way or another over the next couple of weeks.
There's currently no word on who'll play his partner, Russian Illya Kuryakin, though.
Soderbergh's Contagion is in cinemas now, with Haywire following in January.
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