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Following in the footsteps of George Clooney, Matt Damon and Johnny Depp, TheWrap reports Bradley Cooper has passed on the role of secret agent Napoleon Solo in Warner Bros.’ The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
The Limitless star was offered the part just three weeks ago in director Steven Soderbergh’s adaptation of the 1960s spy-fi series.
Airing from 1964 to 1968 on NBC, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. — the international spy agency’s acronym stood for United Network Command for Law and Enforcement — centered on American operative Napoleon Solo (Robert Vaughn) and Russian Illya Kuryakin (David McCallum), who fought the enemy forces of T.H.R.U.S.H. According to TheWrap, Soderbergh’s film also will be set in the ’60s.
It was reported in September that Warner Bros. has assembled a list of about 20 year actors, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ryan Gosling and Alexander Skarsgard, to play Illya Kuryakin.