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Ralph Fiennes & Mads Mikkelsen Lining Up 'Our Kind Of Traitor,' 'Tinker Tailor' Sequel 'Smiley's People' May Shoot Next Year

by Kevin Jagernauth
February 7, 2013 10:44 AM
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Some very good news for fans of John Le Carré or just smart spy films in general that don't end with the hero booby trapping his house in an overly elaborate and kind of stupid plan to capture an international criminal: two books by the master of the genre are on their way to the big screen, and one of them is a sequel we thought might have been left for dead.

But first, the steadily developing "Our Kind Of Traitor," which has "The Snowtown Murders" director Justin Kurzel at the helm, has nabbed excellent actors Mads Mikkelsen and Ralph Fiennes are in advanced negotiations to join the recently cast Ewan McGregor in the picture. The pair were first rumored last fall (along with Jessica Chastain, but it doesn't look like she'll follow), and will come on board the story penned by Hossein Amini ("Drive," "Snow White and the Huntsman") that follows an English couple (McGregor playing one half) who get mixed up with a Russian money-laundering oligarch (Mikkelsen). They get caught up in his plans to defect and are soon positioned between the Russian Mafia and the British Secret Service, neither of whom they can trust. Fiennes will play Hector Meredith, a UK government fixer. So yeah, with this cast and director? Sign us up.

Meanwhile, we'd been wondering about "Smiley's People," the proposed sequel to "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," since we haven't heard anything about it in over a year. But it seems it's very much in development, with StudioCanal honchos confirming it's moving forward with the 'Tinker' team set to return. “We are working on 'Smiley’s People' with Working Title. It’s still at the development stage - but, yes, the old team of Peter Straughan and Tomas Alfredson is back together. The same 'Tinker Tailor' actors whose characters would reappear are well aware of what we’re doing. We’re hopeful for a 2014 shoot,” Olivier Courson and Ron Halpern. Um, awesome.

As for how they will approach the material, Straughan told us that they may incorporate elements of another Le Carré work. "The second book in the trilogy is 'The Honourable Schoolboy' but it's set entirely in Hong Kong, and George Smiley's not a major character in it [the plot instead focuses on Jerry Westerby, the character played by 'Boardwalk Empire' star Stephen Graham in Alfredson's film], but it might be possible to take some material from that and combine it into 'Smiley's People' in the sequel," he said. And we're guessing they're still looking at how to put it all together.

But it appears that we'll be getting back-to-back Le Carré flicks, which is certainly something to be very excited about. "Our Kind Of Traitor" will shoot this summer in Moscow, Marrakech, Paris, London and Switzerland, and we presume there's more casting to come. [Screen Daily]

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  • sabarna. palit | March 23, 2013 6:09 AMReply

    it will be best,if kate winslet joins the spy thriller,ewan and kate will be a wonderfull pair and i hope they will get their first chance to work together

  • Aix | February 12, 2013 4:44 PMReply

    Damn. Tinker Tailor is just... a wonderful film and I could not wait for the sequel.

  • Rebekka | February 7, 2013 1:39 PMReply

    I can't help but point out that Ralf Fiennes and Mads Mikkelsen have both been in recent Bond films: Mikkelsen in Casino Royale and Fiennes in Skyfall. Just a fun little intersection between two radically different worlds of espionage.

  • JJ | February 7, 2013 12:33 PMReply

    McGregor will ruin this potentially amazing film. The other two are perfect casting, Ewan is so wrong for this role.

  • Brandon | February 7, 2013 7:13 PM

    Forgot to add this earlier. meh to McGregor too. Ralph Fiennes and Mads Mikkelsen were in Clash of the Titans. Be good to see them in some major scenes together in a good thriller drama.

  • moviefan | February 7, 2013 11:45 AMReply

    Mikkelsen is the bad guy? Again? Don't get me wrong, I really think he's a great actor but in Hollywood films he seems to be typecast as the bad guy. Is it because of his accent? *sigh*

  • Brandon | February 7, 2013 5:34 PM

    Totally. Again!!! Good Actor used in same way. Over and over again. In Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman his character looks like Viggo Mortensen in Eastern Promises. His accent is not that bad. Don't get the russian bad guy repeat roles either. Unless that's all he's offered. Damn shame if it is. Well if it is exposure he wants, Hannibal and this will bring it for him.

  • james | February 7, 2013 11:14 AMReply

    It's a shame 'The Honourable Schoolboy' isn't being made. I can see why - for the reasons Straughan says, and also that Graham plays Westerby only by name in TTSS - he's really playing another character, which the script combined with Westerby into the one Graham played - and both play prominent parts in 'Schoolboy'. But 'Schoolboy' is SUCH a great story, with a wonderful arc for the central character, great action, twists, and excitement, as well as all the spygame and tradecraft of TTSS, but with dangerous, exotic settings and characters, and a strong and realistic romance story at the centre. It's somewhere between The Quiet American and a Bond movie - and would make a great movie in its own right. If only they could do the trilogy.

  • Real | February 7, 2013 4:31 PM

    Agreed. I actually feel like "The Honourable Schoolboy" is the book in the series that is the most natural fit for the big screen and what a film it would make! A miniseries would be a good idea too.

  • Ray H | February 7, 2013 11:47 AM

    I agree. I was annoyed that they named Stephen Graham's character Jerry Westerby in the first film. In actuality, he played Sam Collins. Two completely different characters (who actually hate one another in the books), but I guess it doesn't really matter if they're not making "The Honourable Schoolboy". It's a shame as it's an excellent read and I prefer it to "Smiley's People" which just feels small compared to it and "Tinker Tailor".

  • Michael | February 7, 2013 11:33 AM

    Totally agree.

    Honourable Schoolboy holds up very well - it would be a great juxtaposition of latest TTSS contrasting with the mid-70s orient locations/storyline. It would give a chance to show Smiley in charge instead of being the outsider looking in. It was one of the big misses for Alfredson's TTSS that they changed the name of Sam Collins to Jerry Westerby - I can't see any reasoning for that...

    Honourable Schoolboy is also long and expansive - would work better as a 6 part mini-series? HBO?

  • Eamon | February 7, 2013 11:05 AMReply


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