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In the Works: 'A Most Wanted Man' Starts Shooting with Hoffman and McAdams

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood September 25, 2012 at 12:33PM

Anton Corbijn's adaptation of the John le Carre thriller, "A Most Wanted Man," began principal photography this week in Hamburg. The film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright. Corbijn ("The American") directs the film, which Australian writer Andrew Bovell ("Lantana") adapted for the screen.
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A Most Wanted Man

Anton Corbijn's adaptation of the John le Carre thriller, "A Most Wanted Man," began principal photography this week in Hamburg.  The film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright.  Corbijn ("The American") directs the film, which Australian writer Andrew Bovell ("Lantana") adapted for the screen.

"A Most Wanted Man" tells a gripping story of a half-Chechen, half-Russian immigrant who emerges in Hamburg's Islamic community, aiming to find his father's illegitimately-gained fortune.  When German and US security agencies seek to deter his efforts, questions about the morality of the man's intentions loom as tensions reach a boiling point.

The adaptation of this novel marks the ninth of John Le Carre's 23 books to reach the screen. Others include "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," "The Constant Gardener," "The Russia House" and "The Spy Who Came In From The Cold."
 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.