Cast members Armie Hammer and Henry Cavill shared their insights about their characters in “The Man From U.N.C.L.E” in a recent interview. Director Guy Ritchie shared what inspired him to remake the spy thriller in another interview.

A trailer of the forthcoming movie has just been released by Warner Bros. It shows some of the action and humor viewers can expect to see in the movie. Hammer and Cavill spoke to Collider about making the movie and some of the plot elements.

The movie is a remake of the 1960s TV series that mainly involves two spies, one from the U.S., the other from Russia, who are forced to work together. Napoleon Solo, the CIA agent played by Cavill, and the KGB agent Illya Kuryakin, played by Hammer, are shown working against each other at the beginning of the movie.

Hammer said he knew “next to nothing” about the TV series before being cast and that he joined the project only after learning Ritchie would be directing. Cavill also said he didn’t watch the show and echoed Hammer’s sentiments about the director being the “selling point” for him.

Talking about the backstory of his character in “The Man From U.N.C.L.E,” Cavill said that Solo was originally dealing in the black market and got blackmailed by the CIA into joining. Kuryakin, on the other hand, is a “born and trained spy,” Hammer revealed, and this difference in the two main characters will apparently be a cause for “some friction” between the two. (In the original TV series, Solo was played by Robert Vaughn, and Kuryakin by David McCallum.)

Cavill and Hammer paid some compliments to the director and both said he was “great” to work with. Speaking to Collider, Ritchie said it was the tone of the TV series that he remembered and the show looked different after he watched it again, and this is what inspired him to make the movie. The director said that it is the “tone more than movies” that he is attracted to.

Ritchie did not confirm whether David Beckham will appear in the movie. “You just have to keep your eyes peeled,” the director said. The movie is slated to be released on Aug. 14 in the U.S.

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