A Most Wanted Man trailer

One of the very last films Philip Seymour Hoffman completed before his passing this past February was A Most Wanted Man, Anton Corbijn‘s adaptation of John le Carré‘s novel. The film premiered at Sundance this year to mostly (if not wildly) positive reviews, and is now heading toward a theatrical release this summer.

Hoffman leads the contemporary thriller as Günther Bachmann, a German spy looking for a half-Chechen, half-Russian immigrant (Grigoriy Dobrygin) with possible terrorist ties. The film looks checking out for many reasons, not least of which is the chance to hear Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, and Willem Dafoe try out their best German accents. Watch the first A Most Wanted Man trailer after the jump.

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Anton Corbijn‘s two feature films have been pretty firmly aimed at the arthouse, but with his John le Carré adaptation A Most Wanted Man, the director may find himself with a slightly larger audience. Philip Seymour Hoffman stars in a story about a ”young ex-prisoner who arrives illegally in Germany, practically destitute.” Hoffman’s character harbors significant suspicions — or paranoia — about the young man’s backing and intentions, and sets out to find out what he’s really all about.

Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Daniel Bruhl and Robin Wright co-star in the film which, from this footage, appears to make a nice companion to the other recent le Carré adaptation Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. There are differences, obviously, but this film appears cold and soaked in fear, and like it gets the tone right. It looks good on this cast, too, and I’m excited to see what Corbijn has really achieved here. Read More »

Amy Adams will make her first foray into producing with An Object of Beauty, Maven Pictures’ adaptation of the novel by Steve Martin. (Yes, that Steve Martin.) Adams will star as Lacey Yeager, an ambitious young woman climbing up the ranks of the art world. Over the course of fifteen years, she travels the world, acquires her own gallery, and beds a series of men, one of whom becomes a famous artist.

The three-time Oscar nominee has become known for playing sweet, innocent types in films like Junebug, Enchanted, Doubt, and The Muppets, but The Fighter showed that she could play the tough girl as well. I haven’t read An Object of Beauty, but based on the description it sounds like another opportunity for Adams to show off her harder-edged side.

Adams is now gearing up to start shooting Robert Lorenz’ Trouble With the Curve, with Clint Eastwood and Justin Timberlake. She also has Man of Steel, The Master, and On the Road due out this year. [The Hollywood Reporter]

After the jump, Philip Seymour Hoffman lands Anton Corbijn’s John le Carré spy thriller.

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Anton Corbijn to Direct ‘A Most Wanted Man’

Anton Corbijn made his feature debut with the Joy Division biopic Control, and last year released a very solid sophomore turn, The American. While promoting that film he didn’t sound very optimistic about making more films, saying that his third would probably be his last. Hopefully that won’t actually be the case. One way or another, it looks like that third film will be an adaptation of A Most Wanted Man, from novelist John le Carré, rather than the film built around actor and composer Herbert Grönemeyer,as previously teased. Read More »

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Briefly: Let the Right One In director Tomas Alfredson is putting together a stellar cast for his adaptation of the John Le Carré novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. He’s got Gary Oldman in the lead as cold war agent George Smiley, working to uncover a mole in the upper realms of the UK secret service.

Ciaran Hinds, Colin Firth and Jared Harris are all in the cast, and Michael Fassbender was scheduled to appear as well. But he’s moved on to X-Men: First Class (which, like Alfredson’s film, just started shooting) and so has been replaced by Tom Hardy. That’s a pretty good swap, as far as I’m concerned. Would have loved to see Fassbender in the picture, but if we can’t have him, Hardy is a great substitute. Oh, and Peter Morgan scripted, so that’s yet another good point. But Ralph Fiennes was also supposed to be in the cast, and this latest report doesn’t mention him. Looking into that… [DailyMail via The Playlist]

Let the Right One In director Tomas Alfredson has been at work assembling an adaptation of the novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy from author John Le Carre. A month ago we heard that Gary Oldman was set to star, with possible co-stars Michael Fassbender, Colin Firth and David Thewlis.

Sadly, David Thewlis won’t be part of the lineup, but the other three names are now confirmed along with a new addition: Ralph Fiennes.

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Let the Right One In director Tomas Alfredson was initially slow to lock down a follow-up film. He was a part of The Danish Girl for a while, before walking away. (Lasse Hallström directed instead.) Now Alfredson is making a film called Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, which is now casting. The one actor definitely set to star at this point is Gary Oldman, but several other great names are negotiating roles as well. Read More »

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According to THR, Tomas Alfredson, the director of Let the Right One In, has been signed to adapt John Le Carre‘s cold war novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. The novel is the first of the informal ‘Karla Trilogy’ that also features The Honourable Schoolboy and Smiley’s People. Le Carre is working on the screenplay with playwright/screenwriter/director Peter Morgan, and the reputable Working Title is putting it all together. Alfredson has proven that he can do wonders with tension and suspense, and putting him on a period espionage picture sounds great. Read More »

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