Just because a novel has been adapted once before doesn’t mean that it should never be adapted again. Such is the case with Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, a 1974 best-selling novel by John le Carré (The Constant Gardener). It’s already been adapted into a 1970s British TV series starring Alec Guinness but another adaptation is on the way.
Variety reports that an impressive foursome of actors have joined the cast of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: Ralph Fiennes, Colin Firth, Gary Oldman and Michael Fassbender.
Although nothing should be assumed at this point, we can speculate that the actors will play the roles in the order their names are listed – i.e. Fiennes as the Tinker, Firth as the Tailor, Oldman as the Soldier and Fassbender as the Spy. However, it’s PURE SPECULATION until we hear official word about who is playing what role.
The actors are the last crucial pieces to fall into place, as Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In) is already confirmed as the director and the script was written by Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon). I don’t know about you, but this film has my money already.
In case you’re wondering, here’s the plot of the source material:
Based on John Le Carre’s 1974 bestseller, story is set in the aftermath of the Cold War and involves a spy hunt within the highest echelons of the British Secret Intelligence Service.
Normally I’m not overly enthused about these types of films but with that list of talent I don’t know how anyone could possibly resist this one. Perhaps it will fill the void that the in-limbo Bond 23 has left, which Morgan also wrote written the script for, coincidentally. Funny how the movie business works, isn’t it?
What do you think of the cast Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy has snagged? Would you be interested if those actors and filmmakers weren’t involved?
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy will start shooting this October in London but it doesn’t yet have a release date.