New Look At Tom Hardy & Colin Firth In 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'

by Kevin Jagernauth
May 29, 2011 8:16 AM
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Well, we're out of the winter and spring blahs as the summer movie season is now in full swing, with the fall festival and awards season right around the corner and one of the most anticipated films is Tomas Alfredson‘s “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.” The director's followup to "Let The Right One In" finds him working with a top shelf cast -- Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong, Svetlana Khodchenko, Toby Jones, John Hurt, Stephen Graham and Kathy Burke -- in an adaptation of John Le Carre‘s classic spy thriller that follows a British Intelligence operative whose task is to delve into the world of Cold War espionage and root out a Soviet mole in the Circus, the highest echelon in the British Intelligence Services.

A couple new pics from the film have surfaced, giving us a closer look at Hardy and Firth in the film. First up is more official look at Hardy following the set photo that surfaced late last year. The actor plays 'Tricky' Ricky Tarr, a British operative acquaintance of protagonist George Smiley, a "breathtakingly ordinary, anti-James Bond"-type character who will be played by Oldman. We also get our first look at Firth in the film was well as a larger look at the previously released pic of Oldman.

"Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy" has been invited to open the Venice Film Festival and Universal will release the film in theaters later this year. Bigger versions of all the pics below. [Moviepilot via JustJared/RopeOfSilicon]



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12 Comments

  • Ellie | June 6, 2011 1:11 AMReply

    The greatest series of my childhood was the BBC version of 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' and 'Smiley's people'.
    I can only pray this is as good, I adore the new cast but remember Tom Hardy's role as being quite small in the BBC, which is a pity because I love his work.
    And it has to be said that Alec Guiness was one of the greatest actors ever, the understatement of his performance in this is something else. Best of luck to Colin Firth, can't wait to see the movie.

  • Florence | June 3, 2011 8:20 AMReply

    I'm really really disappointed with that the role of Peter Guillam has been downgraded into a small role in this movie.

    I'll give up to see this movie then....

  • Janewright | May 30, 2011 5:02 AMReply

    BenjaminVega, thanks for the prompt response. So I guess that you are in the business? I am quite interested in reading the script as well, mind to let me know where I can find it?
    Oh...well, good luck to the film, if they did change the story arch that much, I think I'll just wait and watch its clips showing on Youtube.

  • Martina | May 30, 2011 4:35 AMReply

    One of my most anticipated films.

    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy UK official facebook:

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tinker-Tailor-Soldier-Spy/211101195597529

  • BenjaminVega | May 30, 2011 4:12 AMReply

    Janewright, I understand Peter Guillam's origins as a character in the novel (certainly a much cooler character in it and the other books) but I'm basing myself on the script for the film which I've read. In it, he's Smiley's right hand and still has the scene where he steals documents from within the Circus' registry but other than that he barely has any lines, not even as Smiley's chaffeur like in the miniseries. By contrast, Ricky Tarr is the guy who kicks off the plot in a rather memorable way.

  • Janewright | May 30, 2011 3:48 AMReply

    Actually in the original novel of TTST, Peter Guillam is a principal character. It's the character Ricky Tarr played by Tom Hardy is the relatively minor character. You can check the reference on Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Guillam

    I hope the director, screen writer and the studios won't change the story arch too much just to sell the movie by Colin Firth's new Oscar winner title and Tom Hardy's new fame from Inception, and the studios are quite ignorant not to utilize Benedict Cumberbatch's world-widely new fame acquired from BBC Sherlock.

  • BenjaminVega | May 29, 2011 11:24 AMReply

    carrefan, Cumberbatch plays Peter Guillam which means he has a small role character-wise. Little more than a plot device now that the narrative has been shortened to two hours. I'm sure his period hairstyle will be as interesting as Tom Hardy's, though. As an aside, Mark Strong as Jim Prideaux is inspired casting since he's a far cry from the original miniseries' Ian Bannen.

  • carrefan | May 29, 2011 10:33 AMReply

    Its a photo of Benedict Cumberbatch I'd far rather see.

  • Papushi | May 29, 2011 9:30 AMReply

    I hope they film the rest of the trilogy as well. Especially the Honourable Schoolboy, which the BBC never adapted.

  • BenjaminVega | May 29, 2011 9:20 AMReply

    Looking at the cast list, John Hurt clearly'll play Control and Firth, well, I suppose Firth plays Bill Haydon aka Tailor. They 're making it real easy for the audience, aren't they?

  • thedudeabides | May 29, 2011 9:11 AMReply

    solid cast, director and story. can never go wrong with good spy film. looking forward to it

  • MajorFilmFan | May 29, 2011 8:59 AMReply

    All 3 look great, as does this movie. At least Firth and Oldman will get nominated for their work, because they never disapoint

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