One of my most anticipated films of the year is Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. That’s in part because it is the new film, at last, from Let the Right One In director Tomas Alfredson. And in part because the cast is about as good as they come (if quite skewed towards the male): Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong, Svetlana Khodchenko, Toby Jones, John Hurt, Stephen Graham and Kathy Burke. Whew. That is a mad bastard of a cast list.

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One of the year’s more promising films is Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In) directed the film from Peter Morgan‘s script which adapted the novel of the same name by John Le Carre. The cold war-era tale stars Gary Oldman as a former MI:6 operative who comes out of retirement to ferret out a mole in the intelligence organization. Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong, Svetlana Khodchenko, Toby Jones, John Hurt, Stephen Graham and Kathy Burke all appear in the film, footage of which premiered to great reception at the recent European Film Market in Berlin. It’s one hell of a cast, and Universal evidently agrees. Read More »

Got to love Tom Hardy. Not only one of the better actors out there, he’s also one of the better-looking new actors around. But he’s not afraid to play with image, whether it’s fighting cops naked while covered in black paint for Bronson, or sporting some questionable hair and loads of not so impressive tattoos for his role in Tomas Alfredson‘s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

That’s Mr. Hardy set up for Tinker, above, and it’s not exactly what I expected to see. Doesn’t change the fact that the film is one of the ones I’m quite excited to see in 2011. If you’ve missed our many previous reports, check the full cast: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong, Svetlana Khodchenko, Toby Jones, John Hurt, Stephen Graham and Kathy Burke fill out Let the Right One In director Tomas Alfredson’s adaptation of a John Le Carre novel, with a screenplay by Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon). Bigger pics after the break. Read More »

Tomas Alfredson Will Direct ‘Larklight’

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Let the Right One In director Tomas Alfredson is now in production on his first English-language film, an adaptation of John Le Carre’s novel Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy. Now he’s got a follow-up set: Mr. Alfredson has signed to direct Larklight for Warner Bros., based on the book by Philip Reeve, which is the first installment of a possibly franchise-ready trilogy. Read More »

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

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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 »

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