Every agency — be it an advertising firm, a mystical demon-hunting society, or a top secret government organization bent on thwarting international terrorism — needs a snarky office fixture. A master of the deadpan, though moreover useless in the field. Preferably British. Thick glasses optional. Don’t bother trying to fill this position though (we’re sorry, recent graduates desperate for any means of employ). Jared Harris has got it covered. Deadline reportst that the increasingly present actor is now joining The Man from U.N.C.L.E., the Guy Ritchie picture set with Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer in the central spots. While the mad Men star’s role in this film is as of yet undisclosed, we can surmise that it will entail some finely pressed suits, orders barked with conviction, and a stark deficit of smiling.
This will be Harris’ second go with Ritchie, who led the British actor to villainy in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Harris’ most recent turn was in the YA feature The Mortal Instruments, in which he played his intellectual shut-in shtick up to 11. With a script from Scott Z. Burns, the mind behind Steven Soderbergh’s exceptional The Informant!, Harris should have a good deal of fun pouncing on some dark, bridled mania.
Just the way we like our Jared Harris: buttoned up tight, confined to a claustrophobic office, and right on the verge of snapping.