'Man of Steel' star to play role made famous by Minneapolis actor

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Henry Cavill, who starred as Superman/Clark Kent in the summer blockbuster "Man of Steel," is getting ready to play a role made famous by Minnesota actor Robert Vaughn.

Cavill will star in as Napoleon Solo in "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.," the role Vaughn played in the classic television series of the same name from 1964-1968, and other related projects.

Vaughn, 80, who was born in New York City, was raised in Minneapolis and graduated from North High School.

David McCallum played Illya Kuryakin in the series, a fellow agent of Solo's for U.N.C.L.E. (United Network Command for Law and Enforcement). "J. Edgar" and "The Lone Ranger" star Armie Hammer is set to play Kuryakin opposite Cavill in the movie version.

The Hollywood Reporter says the film -- which will begin production in September -- has just added Hugh Grant to the cast in a supporting role.

Golden Valley native Scott Z. Burns ("Contagion") is one of the screenplay writers for the film, which is being directed by Guy Ritchie.

Cavill replaced Tom Cruise in the role when the film star had to drop out because of a conflict with his "Mission: Impossible V" schedule, according to THR.

See the opening from an episode of the original "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." below.

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