Thursday, June 30, 2011

'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy:' Let The Wrong One In?

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Now here's a remake we can get behind. Tomas Alfredson, director of the original Let the Right One In, helms a big-screen adaptation of John LeCarre's classic espionage novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Inspired by the case of Kim Philby, a high-ranking British Intelligence officer who turned out to be a double agent for the Soviet Union, Tinker, Tailor depicts mild-mannered spymaster George Smiley (Gary Oldman in low-key Commissioner Gordon mode) who comes out of retirement to uncover an active mole among England's covert agencies. Technically the book's never been a motion picture before, but the BBC adapted a seven-part miniseries version in 1979, with Alec "Ben Kenobi" Guinness playing George Smiley. (Apparently Guinness so owned the Smiley role on the TV versions that LeCarre felt he could no longer write the character.)

Anyway, the new Tinker, Tailor opens Sept. 16 and the cast looks like a who's who of popular British actors. Joining Oldman are newly-minted Oscar-winner Colin Firth, Inception's Tom Hardy (tapped to star in the Mad Max reboot and play bad guy Bane in the Dark Knight sequel), Green Lantern's Tom Strong, Ciarin Hinds (Julius Caesar from HBO's "Rome"), Stephen Graham ("Boardwalk Empire's" Al Capone), Christian McKay (Orson Welles in Me and Orson Welles), Toby Jones (Truman Capote in Infamous, the voice of Dobby the house elf), John Hurt (everything) and Benedict Cumberbatch (the title role in "Sherlock," the voice of Smaug the dragon in The Hobbit). If a bomb goes off on opening night, the film industry is done for. Here's the trailer:

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