Mark Strong Joins ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’


Just about every development on Tomas Alfredson‘s film Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy seems to be a good one. The cast is a knockout (Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jared Harris and Ciaran Hinds) and now there’s another good name on board, as Mark Strong has signed to appear. We don’t know his role, but at one point Ralph Fiennes was said to have a part, and he’s fallen away from recent reports. Could Strong be his replacement? 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 But he’s moved on to X-Men: First Class (which, like Alfredson’s film, just started shooting) and so has been replaced by Tom Hardy.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 »


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 »