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Nearly a decade after the first movie was released, there’s still demand for The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 2 updates — and, at long last, there has been movement on the Henry Cavill spy movie sequel. The period spy movie from Guy Ritchie starred Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, and Alicia Vikander. Due to mixed reviews and disappointing box office returns, the movie came and went without much notice and little talk of a sequel despite the first one hinting at more adventures to come. However, as the movie gradually gained a following thanks to streaming services, the question of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 2 continued to come up.


The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is an update of the 1960s spy series of the same name, and a movie version was stuck in development hell for 20 years. Quentin Tarantino briefly considered taking it on, while directors like Steven Soderbergh and actors from George Clooney to Tom Cruise came and went. Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel casting had just hit the big screen when he was cast as Napoleon Solo, essentially delivering his take on James Bond. The movie received solid reviews for its breezy tone and retro spy movie feel, but unfortunately, it only grossed a little over $100 million worldwide. However, with Ritchie and Cavill reuniting for The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare, speculation arose that The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 2 conversations may start afresh.

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The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 2: Latest Updates

Napoleon Solo pointing his gun at someone off-camera in The Man from UNCLE.

After silence on the project for a long time, the latest The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 2 updates came in 2023. It’s been reported (via FandomWire) that the long-awaited sequel is indeed in the works. Few details are given in the report other than the fact that Guy Ritchie will return as director and Henry Cavill will once again play Napoleon Solo. It is also suggested that the role of the second lead, Illya Kuryakin, will be recast following Armie Hammer’s sexual assault allegations in early 2021. However, as promising as the rumored Man From U.N.C.L.E. 2 conversations are, there’s been nothing official confirmed by any studio just yet.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 2 Is Not Yet Confirmed

Henry Cavill in The Man From Uncle wearing a suit at a fancy party, looking smug

Despite the rumored The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 2 updates being promising, the movie has not yet been confirmed by Warner Bros. There has been talk of movement on the sequel before, with Armie Hammer revealing (via Collider) that he and writer Lionel Wigram still “kick” around ideas for a potential follow-up. While the rumored developments are just that, with Cavill and Ritchie working together again on The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare, it is possible that discussions of a sequel reignited, and perhaps if the studio is confident Ritchie and Cavill’s next potential franchise, the sequel could finally be greenlit.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 2: Cast

Spy Movies 2010s The Man From UNCLE

There have been no The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 2 updates for the cast of the sequel, but fans can expect the return of at least some familiar faces. The reporting by Fandomwire and others suggests that Henry Cavill will return as Napolean Solo in the sequel with his performance being a highlight of the original movie. While there’s also speculation that Cavill coudl be a future Bond, Solo is a fitting hero for a Henry Cavill spy movie. The role allows him to flex his versatility with charm and humor he doesn’t often get to play. Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander is also a possible returning cast member with her character of Gaby Teller being hinted at as part of the team going forward at the end of the movie.

Jared Harris appeared in the original movie as Solo’s CIA boss, Sanders, who could return as an authority figure for the sequel. Harris starred in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, establishing a working relationship between the two. Hugh Grant’s recent career change away from rom-coms also started partially with his role in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. as Waverly, an MI6 official. Given that he has starred in two Ritchie movies since then makes it likely he would return. The biggest question with The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 2 casting is the role of Illya Kuryakin. Armie Hammer’s various allegations make it likely he will not be asked to return for the sequel. While the recent report suggests the role will be recast, it is also possible that Ritchie would simply create a new character to play opposite Cavill’s Napoleon Solo.

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The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 2: Story Details

Henry Cavill wearing sunglasses in The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

There have been no The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 2 updates related to the sequel’s potential plot. The first movie set the stage for the three main characters, Napoleon Solo, Illya Kuryakin, and Gaby Teller, to continue working together. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. ends with a tease for the future as the three have been reassigned to a new international organization overseen by Waverly and given the codename U.N.C.L.E. Given how reluctant the three characters look to be working together again, it is safe to assume the sequel with continued the strained relationship between the heroes as they attempt to save the world.

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