Aug 18, 2015
First Image of Dominic Cooper as Stratton
Empire (via Dark Horizons) has unveiled the first photo of Dominic Cooper (Fleming, Agent Carter) as titular special forces operative Stratton, a role he inherited from Man From U.N.C.L.E. star Henry Cavill when Cavill dropped out at the last minute. Clearly Cooper didn't have time to grow as full a beard as Cavill had carefully cultivated (seen during the early days of his U.N.C.L.E. press tour), but he still looks the rugged part armed to the teeth with a slightly scruffy chin. In the film directed by Simon West (The Mechanic, The Saint) and based on the novels by Duncan Falconer, SBS (the Royal Navy commando unit which Empire snarkily describes as "like the SAS, only with extra canoeing") Intelligence Detachment operative John Stratton must chase down an international terrorist cell through Central Asia, Europe and London, all while contending with the damage done by a mole inside MI5. Austin Stowell (Bridge of Spies) co-stars as a heroic, hardened American Navy SEAL who teams with Stratton on his mission. Derek Jacobi (Circles of Deceit), Thomas Kretschmann (24), Tom Felton (Harry Potter), Gemma Chan (The Game) and Connie Nielsen (3 Days to Kill) also star.