Citing his desire to mint more money with the “Mission: Impossible” film franchise, Tom Cruise has withdrawn as the lead for the upcoming “Man From U.N.C.L.E.” feature film reboot of the popular television spy series from the 1960s. Directed by Guy Ritchie, the film was to have Cruise and Armie Hammer in the lead roles as good guy spies working for the good guy spy agency against the baddies of the world, but Cruise has now pulled out due to his commitment to making the fifth installment in the ”Mission: Impossible” film franchise series which is due to be released in 2015. Cruise becomes the second actor to withdraw from the lead role after George Clooney initially was cast but then had to pull out due to neck and back surgery precluded him from playing a physical role. “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” television series originally starred Robert Vaughan and David McCallum and ran from 1964-68.
“The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” is tentatively scheduled for a 2014 release.