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Cast Confirmed For Tinker, Tailor
Oldman, Firth, Fiennes and more set

08 July 2010  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

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We were already primed to be excited for the new film version of John Le Carré’s classic espionage novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy, but now that a chunk of the main cast is locked on place, we’re even more eager to see this one come to life. Why? Try Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Ralph Fiennes and Michael Fassbender all jumping aboard.

Oldman, Firth and Fassbender were all touted as likely stars last month, and now Variety reports that they’ve all signed on, the film is just that much more enticing.

And while David Thewlis appears to have dropped out of the running, Fiennes is hardly a second-rate replacement. Plus, there are likely more announcements to come, and it’s always possible that Thewlis is still haggling over a deal to appear.

Let the Right One in director Thomas Alfredson is the man charged with getting the story on to the big screen, with The Queen’s Peter Morgan writing the script.

Le Carré’s novel is the first of his Karla trilogy (anyone else hoping for a franchise if the first movie is a success?) and follows the hunt for a mole within MI6. Smiley (which Oldman is likely to be playing) is among those suspected, but his keen mind and quick wits soon help him dig his way out of trouble.

Tinker, Tailor was last adapted by the BBC back in 1979, with Alec Guinness as Smiley. With Alfredson set to kick off shooting in October, we could well see a big screen version that lives up to the reputation of that TV adaptation…

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Posted by Sphinx at 21:05 on 13 July 2010 | Report This Post

Sounds good. I keep on meaning to read the book, but still have a small pile of thrillers on my desk (ntlee Spy Who Came In From The Colde Day of the Jackalt through. Terrific cast, it's nice to see slow-burning thrillers (th The Dragon Tattooly) coming back in vogue. Explosions are of course brilliant, but a little variety never hurt. More

Posted by shanyi at 20:29 on 12 July 2010 | Report This Post

Fantastic cast and crew...can't wait to see them all together. Gary Oldman doesn't get enough work in my opinion... More

Posted by Jenzy at 15:40 on 09 July 2010 | Report This Post

Definitely a must-see. More

Posted by trekker at 14:53 on 09 July 2010 | Report This Post

Keep it old school
I do hope this isn't reimagined as some modern day anti-terrorist thingy, and they keep it Cold War. Preferably with Alfredson's excellent eye for a moody early eighties look a la Let The Right One In. More

Posted by The Bantam Menace at 13:11 on 09 July 2010 | Report This Post

This sounds like a classic already.. Let's hope they don't muck it up More

Posted by danielcharlwood at 12:40 on 09 July 2010 | Report This Post

Is Oldman Smiley? More

Posted by absolute_im_fan at 08:42 on 09 July 2010 | Report This Post

Very much excited about this one; looks promising. And I guess this is what Peter Morgan is doing now that Bond's been cancelled.  I was a little miffed about that but I won't complain if this is what he's focusing on instead. More

Posted by MrsG at 19:29 on 08 July 2010 | Report This Post

This will be amazing. I do want Thewlis back though More

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This will be amazing. I do want Thewlis back though More

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