Sunday, May 31, 2015
Henry Cavill as Napoleon Solo
Posted on May 31, 2015 by The Spy Command Editor
The second trailer for The Man From U.N.C.L.E. arrived in some U.S. theaters this weekend — or at least one in the Detroit area. The new longer trailer for the Guy Ritchie-directed film contains several scenes that were part of the teaser trailer released on Feb. 11. But there are some additions. Among them:
Kuryakin as large, powerful man: The character of Illya Kuryakin was created by Sam Rolfe, who wrote the pilot for the 1964-68 television series. Rolfe’s original version was a large “slavic” man. That changed when 5-foot-7 David McCallum was cast in the role. The character was further refined by writer Alan Caillou in a number of first-season stories. The movie Kuryakin is going back to the Rolfe version, based on the second trailer. We see Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) complaining to his CIA superior (Jared Harris) that a mission in Berlin was supposed to be “a simple extraction job” but that the agent ran into something “barely human.” That was Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) who, we see, managed to rip off the trunk lid of Solo’s car as he was trying to get away.
More sexual innuendo: The new trailer includes some sexual innuendo between Solo and femme fatale Victoria Vinciguerra (Elizabeth Debicki) as well as Kuryakin and “innocent” Gaby Teller (Alicia Vikander). Included: a scene where Our Heroes strap a 1963 version of a track device on Gaby’s thigh.
Different music: The second trailer has different music than the Feb. 11 teaser trailer. There’s no way to tell whether this is from Daniel Pemberton’s score.
Solo in peril: Solo is in an electric chair at one point.
A bit more Waverly: Hugh Grant, the new-look Alexander Waverly, still has only one line (as he did in the teaser trailer) but there’s an additional shot of him in a sequence filmed in Rome.
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Photo: An Rong Xu / The New York Times
Swedish actress Alicia Vikander had a profile published in today's edition of The New York Times. The story does not mention her participation as Gaby Teller in The Man From UNCLE, but focuses on the premiere of her new Ex-Machina film. Reporter Ruth LaFerla follows Alicia in a visit to the Museum of Modern Art in New York. An excerpt:
With her dainty features eerily detached from her silicone skull, Alicia Vikander, as Ava, the alluring fembot in the sci-fi fantasy “Ex Machina,” is a wonder of radical engineering. So it may have been apt, if not downright predictable, that during her stay in New York last week she would visit an exhibition of experimental design at the Museum of Modern Art.
Whether the MoMA show, “This Is for Everyone,” was in fact her choice or that of her ever-present handlers, who seemed intent on positioning Ms. Vikander as a thinking-man’s Blake Lively, it brought out a ruminative streak.
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