Jared Harris’s role in the U.N.C.L.E. movie

Jared Harris

Jared Harris

So what will Jared Harris be doing in the U.N.C.L.E. movie?

The Sept. 3 WARNER BROS. PRESS RELEASE doesn’t mention the name of the character Harris will play, much less whether he’ll be the film’s villain.

However, the DEADLINE entertainment news Web site, SLASHFILM.COM and WE GOT THIS COVERED all said the character’s name is Sanders.

In the original show, veteran actor George Sanders (1906-72) played G. Emory Partridge, one of the few villains to make a return engagement. Slashfilm.com even posed the question whether the character name is a nod to George Sanders, whose Partridge character appeared in first- and second-season episodes of the 1964-68 TV show.

Neither of the Web sites identifying the character’s name as Sanders say how they obtained the information.

Harris also played Professor Moriarty in 2011’s Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, which was helmed by Guy Ritchie, who’s directing the U.N.C.L.E. film.

Some fans have already speculated whether the U.N.C.L.E. film, which features “a mysterious international criminal organization” might be tied into Moriarty.

As previously noted, ONE OF THE ACE U.N.C.L.E. NOVELS of the 1960s provided an origin for Thrush (the name of the villainous organization in the television show) just such a backstory. Warner Bros. also released the two Ritchie-directed Holmes movies, so such a move could be a possibility.

Or, of course, all of this could be a string of coincidences that will bear little resemblance to the eventual finished film.

Here’s a shoutout to @laneyboggs2001 on Twitter who pointed this blog to the Slashfilm.com post.

U.N.C.L.E. movie cast member sends out some Tweets

"Illya, I'm not sure what to make of all these Tweets about the U.N.C.L.E. movie."

“Illya, what do you make of all this?”

UPDATE (6:10 p.m.): The Instagram photo referred to below has been removed.

ORIGINAL POST: A member of the cast of The Man From U.N.C.L.E movie. scheduled to start filming this month, has sent out a few Tweets about the project. There’s nothing startling and certainly no spoilers. But the posts have been re-Tweeted by fans of Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer, the leads in the film.

Peter Stark, whose TWITTER PROFILE lists him as an “Actor, Model & Voice Over Artist” SAID AUG. 23 ON TWITTER:

Costume Fitting for my part on The Man from UNCLE (@ Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden)

On Sept. 3, he again AGAIN TWEETED ABOUT GOING TO AN U.N.C.L.E. COSTUME FITTING at Warner Bros.’s Leavesden studio in the U.K.

In ANOTHER SEPT. 3 TWEET he included a link to an Instagram photo of his copy of the script. Here’s the text:

My script! #UNCLE @ Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden http://instagram.com/p/dytpaMBb1v/

The photo merely consists of part of a cover with the word U.N.C.L.E. and his name on it. U.N.C.L.E. is in the original font used in the titles of the 1964-68 television series. That would be significant if (and this is a very big if) the original U.N.C.L.E. logo would be incorporated in the movie. It’s obviously way too early to tell.

There is a Peter Stark with an IMDB.COM entry. His acting credits include parts such as “German Officer” in Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows, one of two Holmes films directed by Guy Ritchie. Ritchie is also directing the U.N.C.L.E. movie. Stark is also listed as doing voice work for video games, including 2012’s 007 Legends. The IMDB.com entry, however, doesn’t have a photograph that would confirm it’s the same Peter Stark.