For those who have movie trivia at their fingertips, they’ll likely remember that at one point, Tom Cruise was attached to star in Guy Ritchie’s “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” but it didn’t pan out. And while the movie wound up being made with two actors who are yet to reach that kind of A-list status, the filmmaker reveals that when he was first gearing up the project, he had another big name he wanted to play Napoleon Solo in the movie.
“My original idea for Napoleon Solo was…Brad Pitt was who I wanted actually,” Ritchie told Happy Sad Confused. “I wanted him to play the older role, and I wanted the Russian to play the younger role, so there was going to be an age disparity there as well. And then Pitt told me to piss off, and Tom didn’t, so then I had Tom. And then needless to say, ‘Mission: Impossible[—Rogue Nation]’ interfered with the process, so he was occupying too much of the same space so that fell apart.”