May 25, 2013 01:47:14 GMT
The 'Oblivion' leading man will instead shift his attention to 'Mission: Impossible V', in which he takes a double duty as its star and producer.
Tom Cruise is no longer committed to Guy Ritchie's upcoming project. Breaking the news first, Deadline reports that the Golden Globe-winning actor has decided to depart from "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.", a movie adaptation of the same-titled classic series starring David McCallum and Robert Vaughn.
As the site learns, Cruise has bowed out of the Warner Bros production to focus on "Mission: Impossible V". In the action-packed film, the 50-year-old actor will not only reprise his iconic role as IMF agent Ethan Hunt, but also serve as a co-producer alongside "Star Trek Into Darkness" director J.J. Abrams.
"The Lone Ranger" actor Armie Hammer is still attached to co-star the remake of the 1960s TV show. Alicia Vikander, meanwhile, is in talks to join Hammer.
The film has once again lost its leading man. George Clooney had initially been tapped to take on the lead role. However, the Ryan Bingham of "Up in the Air" exited the project for fearing that the film's action-heavy demands might worsen his back problems.
Channing Tatum, Bradley Cooper, Ryan Gosling and Michael Fassbender were once considered for the vacant role, which was eventually won by Cruise.