Channing Tatum on for Man From UNCLE?

November 15th, 2011

Channing Tatum is set to replace George Clooney in 'The Man From UNCLE'.

The hunky actor will reportedly team up with his 'Magic Mike' director Steven Soderbergh to make the movie after George was forced to pull out because the role of Napoleon Solo in the adaptation of the classic spy series was too physical following a planned surgery.

Although Bradley Cooper was considered for the part following George's departure, Steven was reportedly so impressed with Channing after they worked on stripper movie 'Magic Mike' together that he offered him the part.

'The Man From UNCLE' TV show ran for 105 episodes between 1964 and 1968 and told the tale of suave Solo, a man who worked for the United Network Command for Law Enforcement (UNCLE) against the Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity (THRUSH).

The programme - which originally starred Robert Vaughn - has already sparked a made for TV movie in 1983 and sister series 'The Girl From UNCLE'.

Scott Z Burns, who worked with Steven on 'Contagion', has written the script for the movie, and recently said he was hoping the capture some of the feeling from the original show.

He said: "I think we can do some really cool stuff, shooting those cars and that fashion and that aesthetic with today's cameras and technology".