19 March 2013 1:15 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Could “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” be C.R.U.I.S.E.? That's what Warner Bros. execs are banking on with their latest attempt to revive the perennially stalled reboot of the classic 1960s TV series, replacing previously attached leading man George Clooney with Tom Cruise. Deadline reports that Cruise is in preliminary talks with the studio to join the long-gestating project. The cult series ran from 1964 to 1968 and starred Robert Vaughn as Napolean Solo, the role that Cruise would assume. The action-heavy series featured Solo and his partner, Illya Kuryakin, fighting an evil agency known as Thrush. That action was part of the reason Clooney dropped out of the role -- he suffered a back injury in 2011 and wasn't up to the film's demands. Original director Steven Soderberg searched for a replacement, considering Matt Damon, Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, Bradley Cooper, Ryan Gosling, and Michael Fassbender for the part, »

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