Tom Cruise Walks Away from Big Budget Film

The embattled big screen adaptation of the 1960s sci-fi classic series “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” has suffered yet another setback: Tom Cruise has backed away from starring in the picture. “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” has been in the works for three years now and the lead-role is becoming a veritable who’s who of rejections.

Back in 2010, Steven Soderbergh was tapped as the director. Soderbergh has made classics such as “Ocean’s Eleven”, “Erin Brockovich”, and “Contagion”. It was announced that George Clooney would be doing the honors of the lead role. Later, Clooney walked away from the film and Soderbergh had a difficult time replacing him. In fact, Soderbergh never did and finally walked away from the film after his efforts to attract Johnny Depp, Bradley Cooper, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, and Channing Tatum turned up empty.

Now, directory Guy Ritchie of both big-screen Sherlock Holmes movies has been hired as director. This past March, Tom Cruise was slated for the big role. However, Cruise now says that the schedule for “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” conflicts with the making of “Mission Impossible: 5”. It is no secret that Tom Cruise absolutely relishes the MI series of films. So it should surprise no one that he would choose that film over almost any other role.

Many believed the “Mission Impossible” franchise may have runs its course after the third installment pulled in nearly $125 million less at the box office than its predecessor.

However, Cruise pushed for a fourth film and it turned out to be the most successful installment to date grossing nearly $700 million at the box office.

For more on Cruise’s exit and why he couldn’t do both “U.N.C.L.E.” and “Mission: Impossible,” head to

Tom Cruise Won’t Star In ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ After All