Tom Cruise has pulled out of the lead role in the upcoming Warner Bros. remake of the 1960s TV show The Man from U.N.C.L.E. to focus on the next Mission: Impossible film, Deadline reported today.
Cruise was slated to star alongside Armie Hammer (The Social Network, J.Edgar) as the two-man team of secret agents working for the United Network Command for Law Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.) when the Guy Ritchie-directed movie began filming this fall but was forced to depart after Paramount and Skydance upped the production date of Mission:Impossible 5 to the end of the year.
Cruise, who serves as producer for the successful film franchise, has been heavily involved in the pre-production process of past M:I films and is expected to have a similar role in the fifth installment of the series.
The article states Warner Bros. and Ritchie are still hopeful to find a replacement for Cruise and begin filming this fall as scheduled.