By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist August 23, 2011 at 4:22AM
The anticipation for "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" was building long before any of the exciting trailers for the film had arrived, and the reason is pretty clear. With "Let The Right One In" director Tomas Alfredson tackling John le Carré's classic novel with an insanely great cast that includes Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong, Svetlana Khodchenko, Toby Jones, John Hurt, Stephen Graham and Kathy Burke, how is it possible not to be anticipating the film? With its Venice premiere just around the corner, and U.K. release following shortly thereafter, it looks like the man whose novel served as the source material is receiving some big screen recognition.
Keep your eyes peeled when you watch the film as the Guardian reports that you'll be able to spot le Carré in a scene that takes place during the MI6 Christmas party. He'll be the bloke standing next to the guy dressed up as Lenin, even singing along to a mock Russian national anthem. It's a nice hat tip to the author and it's only the second time Carré has gone in front of the camera, having peeked his head into George Roy Hill's 1984 effort "The Little Drummer Girl." Carré has also already seen the film and gives it a firm thumbs up, saying, "Through my very personal prism, it is a triumph. And if people write to me and say, 'How could you let this happen to poor Alec Guinness,' I shall reply that, if 'poor Alec' had witnessed Oldman's performance, he would have been the first to give it a standing ovation. I'm very proud to have provided Alfredson with the material, but what he made of it is wonderfully his own." It seems the likelihood of Oldman's journey to an Oscar is getting stronger day by day.
And well, that's about it for now. "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" will hit U.K. theaters on September 16th and lands on our shores in what seems a way, way too long two months later on November 18th. Some new character images have also arrived via CinemaTeaser and you can check them out below.