According to Deadline, director Steven Soderbergh is looking at Channing Tatum to replace George Clooney in the upcoming film adaptation of the 1960s television espionage series The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
The original Man from U.N.C.L.E. followed the exploits of two secret agents (played by Robert Vaughn and David McCallum) who work for the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.) to combat the villainous THRUSH organization.
This past August, George Clooney dropped out of the project due to a persistent spinal injury from working on Syriana that rendered him unfit to film the upcoming espionage movie’s stunts. Soderbergh recently directed Tatum in the soon-to-be released Magic Mike, where he stars as a male stripper teaching a younger male stripper the ropes. That film is allegedly based on Tatum’s own experiences as a teenage male stripper.