Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ryan Gosling and Alexander Skarsgard: three of the most in-demand young actors working in Hollywood today. The first broke out in last year’s Inception, is earning Oscar buzz for his role in the upcoming 50/50 and has a part in Christopher Nolan’s final Batman movie. The second has been everywhere this year and his performance in Drive, which is set to premiere tomorrow, has earned the actor almost unanimous praise. The third is a star on HBO’s hit show True Blood and, like Gosling, has a new movie opening tomorrow (Straw Dogs). You have to imagine that every casting agent in Hollywood wants at least one of them to star in their new project, but a new report from The Wrap says that all three are being looked at for one project in particular.
Following the announcement that George Clooney will be unable to star in the film, the website says that Gordon-Levitt, Gosling and Skarsgard are now being looked at for the starring role in Steven Soderbergh’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Unlike Clooney, however, who was being looked at for the role of Napoleon Solo – the character originally played by Robert Vaughn- the three young actors are being looked at for the part of Ilya Kuryakin, Solo’s partner (yes, I am aware how weird that sounds). The story comes from a source close to the production, who says that the three actors are just a few of the names that the studio is looking at, the full list including upwards of 20 actors.
Based on the television series that ran from 1964 to 1968, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is about a pair of agents from the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement who are regularly tasked with protecting the planet from the evil forces of THRUSH. When I spoke with writer Scott Z. Burns a few weeks ago, he told me that the film is scheduled to begin production this spring and will be based on real events from the Cold War.