Fiennes, McGregor & Mikkelsen Join TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Follow Up; Third Film Also in the Works
Published: February 7, 2013 - 10:54am
Starring Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong and Ciarán Hinds, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was the 2011 adaptation of John le Carré's popular Cold War spy novel.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In) and released internationally in September 2011 and in the US by Focus Features in January 2012. The film was generally well received by critics and topped the British box-office chart for three consecutive weeks. It earned over $80 million at the worldwide box office, garnered three Academy Award nominations and three BAFTA wins.
News has now surfaced that production company StudioCanal is moving forward with another le Carré adaptation Our Kind of Traitor, the synopsis of the book is as follows:
Perry and Gail are idealistic and very much in love when they splurge on a tennis vacation at a posh beach resort in Antigua. But the charm begins to pall when a big-time Russian money launderer enlists their help to defect. In exchange for amnesty, Dima is ready to rat out his vory (Russian criminal brotherhood) compatriots and expose corruption throughout the so-called legitimate financial and political worlds. Soon, the guileless couple find themselves pawns in a deadly endgame whose outcome will be determined by the victor of the British Secret Service's ruthless internecine battles.
Ralph Fiennes and Mads Mikkelsen are joining the project along with Ewan McGregor as the first cast additions. Fiennes plays the film's British government fixer Hector Meredith, Mikkelsen will play the antagonistic Russian oligarch and major money launderer and McGregor is one half of the couple in the center of the scandal.
Snowtown director Justin Kurzel will helm the picture off a script adapted by Hossein Amini (Drive, Snow White and the Huntsman). Filming is scheduled to take play this summer in Moscow, Marrakech, Paris, London and Switzerland.
StudioCanal Chairman and CEO Olivier Courson offered a few words about the film, as well as the first concrete news of a Smiley's People adaptation that will bring back the Tinker Tailor cast:
"This is the kind of film we love: elevated thrillers with mainstream appeal. The film offers another opportunity for us to make a Le Carre adaptation but with a more contemporary subject. Tinker Tailor was well received in a number of territories so we’re very excited.
"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."