The stunning cast of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. had only been in Toronto for a few hours before the film's Canadian premiere but all four stars wholeheartedly agreed that everything they’ve ever heard about Canadians was true. “You are just the loveliest, loveliest fans,” gushed Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby ), at the pre-screening Q&A held at the city’s Scotiabank Theatre. Elizabeth, touted as the film’s breakout actress, stars as femme fatale Victoria Vinciguerra in the Guy Ritchie-directed remake of the 1960s caper TV series of the same name.
Castmate and Swedish beauty Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina ) couldn’t help but agree. “This was just the kindest red carpet ever. And no one was yelling!” she enthused. “It’s so nice to be here.”
In the film, Alicia, who made another fashionable splash in a metallic Proenza Schouler gown, plays a tough, East German mechanic who becomes central to a hardboiled plot involving CIA agent Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) and his KGB counterpart Armie Hammer (The Social Network), who are forced to team up to stop a mysterious criminal organization from launching a nuclear strike during the height of the Cold War.
The action-packed thriller took the cast to London and Rome for its seemingly non-stop sequence of high-speed car chases, underwater rescues and of course, a few romances on the side. Elizabeth, who wore a sharp pantsuit from Lanvin’s Resort 2016 collection , credited the film’s costume designer, Joanna Johnston, for transforming the cast into stylish sixties spies, calling her “a bonafied genius.”
A true English gentleman, Henry, dapper in a Dunhill suit, thanked the crowd for sharing his excitement about the film. “It’s really, really fantastic that we get to be here. It’s not often that we get to stand up here and actually introduce a movie,” he said. “I can speak for all of us, I believe, when I say that we care deeply for this and we care deeply for each other, our director and our producers and we had an incredible time. So we really hope you enjoy the ride as much as we did .”