Also: Matt Damon headed to director's chair, 'Anonymous' release downsized
Will Bradley Cooper be Steven Soderbergh's 'Man From U.N.C.L.E.'?
"Hangover" star Bradley Cooper may be going from angels to spies.
Prolific director Steven Soderbergh ("retiring" soon, after the release of "Haywire" and "Magic Mike") has long been attached to a big screen revamp of the '60s spy series "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.," and it looks like he may have finally found his man.
After Soderbergh regular George Clooney dropped out (and rumored next choices Damon and Johnny Depp passed on the role), the special secret agent gadgets are likely being handed to Cooper, reports Variety.
Cooper is currently in production on David O. Russell's "The Silver Linings Playbook," and will next star as the fallen angel Lucifer in Alex Proyas' epic re-telling of John Milton's "Paradise Lost." He was previously attached to the reboot of "The Crow," but exited that film earlier this year.
After "U.N.C.L.E.," Soderbergh will focus on HBO's "Under the Candleabra," reportedly his final film, with Michael Douglas ("Traffic") as Liberace and Matt Damon as his lover.
"U.N.C.L.E." aired on NBC from 1964 to 1968, and starred Robert Vaughn as special agent Napoleon Solo. David McCallum played his Russian partner Illya Kuryakin. The series' scripts were written by such illustrious names as Ian Fleming (the creator of James Bond), Robert Towne ("Chinatown") and famed SF author Harlan Ellison.