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Gary Oldman set to star in director Tomas Alfredson's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

06.09.2010
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The news of John Le Carré's excellent Cold War spy novel TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY becoming the next feature film for director Tomas Alfredson - the guy behind 2008's fantastic LET THE RIGHT ONE IN - is actually a bit old (from last year in fact). But, the casting news is not, and boy howdy could we be getting one hell of a British line-up.

According to Production Weekly, confirmed for the lead role of retired intelligence agent George Smiley is Gary Oldman (THE BOOK OF ELI, THE DARK KNIGHT). And potentially joining him are actors Colin Firth (A SINGLE MAN), Michael Fassbender (INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS), and David Thewlis (HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE), all of whom are currently in negotiations for roles in Alfredson's adaptation. Wonderful cast in a good ol' fashioned spy flick? Yes, please!

TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY - being adapted by Peter Morgan (FROST/NIXON, THE QUEEN) with help from Le Carré - is about retired intelligence agent George Smiley who's called back to service when a high-ranking member of MI6 is suspected of being a Soviet mole. The story is the first in the Karla Trilogy which is followed up by The Hounourable Schoolboy and Smiley's People.

Production on TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY is set to begin this September.
Extra Tidbit: Seeing a lot of Michael Fassbender since BASTERDS, huh?

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10:35PM on 06/09/2010
Gary Oldman and David Thewlis?
Count me in!
Gary Oldman and David Thewlis?
Count me in!
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12:40PM on 06/09/2010
Sounds good. Gary Oldman in anything is awesome
Sounds good. Gary Oldman in anything is awesome
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9:45AM on 06/09/2010
I've been a fan of Le Carre for quite a while. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy was one of his better Smiley novels. Gary Oldman is an odd choice to play the part, but he's a very underrated actor who can deliver, so I'm down for this. As brewsky99 said, it's been made for TV and BBC radio before, among other Le Carre novels, and as an American who lives in London, every Brit I know loved Alec Guinness' protrayal of Smiley, but Oldman will do it justice.
I've been a fan of Le Carre for quite a while. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy was one of his better Smiley novels. Gary Oldman is an odd choice to play the part, but he's a very underrated actor who can deliver, so I'm down for this. As brewsky99 said, it's been made for TV and BBC radio before, among other Le Carre novels, and as an American who lives in London, every Brit I know loved Alec Guinness' protrayal of Smiley, but Oldman will do it justice.
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5:11AM on 06/09/2010
And a Remake to boot it's already been made for British T.V and stared Sir Alec Guinness
And a Remake to boot it's already been made for British T.V and stared Sir Alec Guinness
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4:49AM on 06/09/2010

CLASS

Gary Oldman is a class actor. That is all
Gary Oldman is a class actor. That is all
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