Jul 9, 2015

Tradecraft: Dominic Cooper Steps In for Henry Cavill in Stratton

The special forces espionage adventure Stratton, adapted from Duncan Falconer's books, hit a major setback in late May when star and producer Henry Cavill (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) suddenly and unexpectedly bolted the project weeks before filming had been scheduled to begin. Now a replacement has been found. Deadline reports that Dominic Cooper (Fleming, Agent Carter) will take over the lead role of SBS Intelligence Detachment operative John Stratton, who 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. It seems doubtful that Cooper, who was recently announced to return as Howard Stark on Season Two of Agent Carter as well as playing the lead on AMC's Preacher, will have time to grow the sort of beard Cavill had grown for the part! (And sported during the early rounds ofhis  U.N.C.L.E. publicity tour.) Additionally, Austin Stowell (Bridge of Spies) will play Lt. Hank Monroe, a heroic, hardened American Navy SEAL who teams with Stratton on his mission. Derek Jacobi, Thomas Kretschmann, Tom Felton, Gemma Chan, Tyler Hoechlin, Connie Nielsen and Jake Fairbrother also star, and Simon West (The Mechanic, The Saint) directs.

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