Update: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy the film cast
The John le Carré novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy was originally adapted into a superb television series starring Alec Guinness as the ultra-realistic spy, which means no Bond-type malarkey, who is brought out of retirement, and that's real retirement not your Hollywood retired at the prime of their life rubbish, to find a Russian spy within the higher ranks of the secret agency he once worked for. The catch is he's not allowed back in, no access to anything they have.
It's a great series, and now it's set to be made into a film with a new lead and a new director, and with it being bumped up the slate in terms of production date, this film is now looking rather tasty.
Tomas Alfredson was set to make this film down the ways with The Danish Girl set to be his next adaptation, that was the film set to star Nicole Kidman in a role that would see her play a character of both sexes, inspired by the true story of Danish painter Einar Wegener as he decides to undergo a sex change and what affect that has on his wife who was said to be played by Uma Thurman. Lasse Hallström is now set to direct that film and Alfredson has turned his attention to Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.
News from Production Weekly through The Playlist reminds us that Gary Oldman is lined up to play George Smiley, the role played in the television series and sequel Smiley's People by Alec Guinness, and they have word of some other actors being eyed for roles in the film.
Of course these are rumours, and we know how crazy rumours on the Interflab can be, but they are quite good ones considering the film. They have the names Colin Firth, Michael Fassbender and David Thewlis all lined up, and what a cast that would make alongside Gary Oldman.
I'm keen to see this come to fruition. My only concern would be how the story comes forward and that they don't try and tinker with the original set-up of the spy and the intelligence community he works within, for in the John le Carré novel and the television series they were very plain and ordinary people, like real spies and more often than not the real intelligence community in Britain, not some Bond-Bourne style spy.
With Peter Morgan having written the script though, and word that it reads very much like the novel having captured the essence of the original character, then I think we might well be on safe ground. What we could end up with is a modern film noire, and that would be right up Alfredson's street considering that he brought us Let The Right One In (Filmstalker review).
Update: 09/07/2010: The latest news from Variety is that Ralph Fiennes, Colin Firth, Gary Oldman and Michael Fassbender are the names set to star in the film with Tomas Alfredson directing the Peter Morgan screenplay.