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First Look At Gary Oldman As George Smiley In 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'

Photo of Oliver Lyttelton By Oliver Lyttelton | The Playlist November 5, 2010 at 1:04AM

Film May Be First Of A Trilogy It's no secret at this point that we're absurdly excited about the forthcoming adaptation of John Le Carre's classic spy thriller "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy." With "Let The Right One In" director Tomas Alfredson making his English language debut, and a phenomenal cast made up of Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong, Svetlana Khodchenko, Toby Jones, John Hurt, Stephen Graham and Kathy Burke.
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Film May Be First Of A Trilogy


It's no secret at this point that we're absurdly excited about the forthcoming adaptation of John Le Carre's classic spy thriller "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy." With "Let The Right One In" director Tomas Alfredson making his English language debut, and a phenomenal cast made up of Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong, Svetlana Khodchenko, Toby Jones, John Hurt, Stephen Graham and Kathy Burke.

The film will hit theaters next fall, but Baz Bamigboye has the first look as Oldman in character as spy-catcher George Smiley, previously played to iconic effect by Alec Guinness in a BBC TV adaptation in the 1970s, and it's safe to say that the actor more than looks the part. Not only that, but Oldman appears to be attacking the role with a real relish, telling Bamigboye that "It's proper work, and I haven't done that for a long time. I've played some amazing roles and I've had a good run, but this is something else. And it's like coming home. I can't remember the last time I played an Englishman."

Oldman appears to be partly basing his performance on Le Carre (whose real name is David Cornwell), saying that he observed "The way he touched his shirt, spoke and so on. I took all that and used it. I hope he won't mind, but Smiley is in his DNA."

The book is the first of a trilogy, known as the 'Karla Trilogy,' after the Russian spy-master who becomes Smiley's nemesis, concluded by "The Honourable Schoolboy" and "Smiley's People." While there are rights complications that may get in the way, producer and Working Title head honcho Tim Bevan told Bamigboye that it's hoped that the trilogy could be completed on film: "If Tinker works, what you want to see is Smiley going after Karla."

Barring some unforeseen disaster, this is one of the most promising films of next year, and if it comes off, we'd be more than delighted to see the remaining books adapted. No release date is yet set for the film, but we imagine it'll hit theaters some time next year, with a festival debut in London, Venice or Toronto more than likely.

This article is related to: Films, Actors, Tomas Alfredson, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Gary Oldman


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