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Trailer Watch: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Stars Oldman, Firth, Hardy, Strong

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 30, 2011 at 5:14AM

Take one of John Le Carre's best Cold War international espionage thrillers--1974's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy--adapt it with strong writers (the late Bridget O’Connor and her husband and writing partner Peter Straughan) and cast a strong Brit ensemble (Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch) led by Gary Oldman as George Smiley, the one spy you can trust. Add Let the Right One In director Tomas Alfredson and you may have a winner. See the new trailer below.
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Thompson on Hollywood

Take one of John Le Carre's best Cold War international espionage thrillers--1974's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy--adapt it with strong writers (the late Bridget O’Connor and her husband and writing partner Peter Straughan) and cast a strong Brit ensemble (Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch) led by Gary Oldman as George Smiley, the one spy you can trust. Add Let the Right One In director Tomas Alfredson and you may have a winner. See the new trailer below.

Working Title produced, backed by Studio Canal Plus without Universal financing, but when the film screened for buyers in Berlin, the studio exercised its first look rights and grabbed it, passing it wisely to Focus Features. The movie opens November 18, against The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn and Happy Feet 2 in 3-D, but good placement for an Oscar run. Warners just announced new dates for Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar Hoover biopic J. Edgar (October), starring Leonardo DiCaprio, and Tom Hanks/Sandra Bullock starrer Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (December), produced by Scott Rudin and directed by Stephen Daldry from Eric Roth's adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel.

The film is expected to play the fall festival circuit and had been rumored to open Venice, but that slot went to George Clooney's Ides of March.


[Hat Tip: The Guardian.]

This article is related to: Awards, Box Office, Genres, Headliners, Studios, Video, Stuck In Love, Oscars, Fall, Thriller, Books, Colin Firth, Universal/Focus Features, Trailers, Screenwriters


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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.