By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood April 11, 2014 at 3:24PM
One of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman's final films is Anton Corbijn's spy thriller "A Most Wanted Man," adapted from the John Le Carre bestseller, which debuted at this past Sundance. A first trailer has arrived; watch below.
Hoffman plays a razor-smart German spy chief who's keeping close tabs on a young lawyer (Rachel McAdams) and a banker (Willem Dafoe) as they try to unravel a mystery surrounding a bruised and battered immigrant.
The trades gave it positive reviews upon its Park City bow, with the Hollywood Reporter calling it "a jigsaw puzzle of which all the pieces are of an indistinguishable grey, making fitting them together a tricky matter," while Variety applauded director Corbijn ("The American") for "his attention to detail and nuance... [it] so fully complements that of the German operatives at the story's core."
Here's the official synopsis:
Hamburg, Germany: 2012. A mysterious, tortured and near-dead half-Chechen, half-Russian man on the run (Grigoriy Dobrygin) arrives in the city’s Islamic community desperate for help and looking to recover his late Russian father’s ill-gotten fortune. Nothing about this young man seems to add up; is he a victim or a thief or, worse still, an extremist intent on destruction? Drawn into this web of intrigue are a banker (Dafoe) and a young female lawyer (McAdams) who is determined to defend the defenseless. All the while, they are being watched by the brilliant, roguish chief of a covert German spy unit (Hoffman), who fights to put the pieces together as the clock ticks. In an adrenaline laced and heart-rending escalation of tension and collision, it’s not long before he becomes everyone’s most wanted man. A Most Wanted Man, a cerebral tale of intrigue in the vein of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, is also contemporary and deeply human, touching themes in love, rivalry and politics we live with every day.
The film hits theaters July 25, via Roadside Attractions.