‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’ Snags Impressive Cast

Published 5 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 6:10 pm,

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.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy book cover Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Snags Impressive Cast

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.

Source: Variety

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  1. This could be the only line-up I’ve not had any casting groans about. Regardless of which plays the tinker, taylor, soldier, or spy: they could all pull off any of those roles.

    • Totally agree on that one. They’re all fantastic and I could see any one of them in any of the roles.

  2. GOOD cast. No danger of this filling in for Bond, though. The main character George Smiley’s got more in common with the pure espionage/no fast cars (or women) approach of Michael Caine as Harry Palmer. I haven’t read the novel or seen the TV adaptation, but I recently picked up a DVD of Smiley’s People, made three years after the original in very much the same style, from what I can gather. Alec Guiness played him as quiet and inscrutable, modest but with an iron resolve under the surface. I’ve heard Gary Oldman might be taking this role, and seeing the depth he’s managed to give Commissioner Gordon in the Batman films, I think he’d be perfect at underplaying this kind of character.

    Just out of interest, Patrick Stewart turns up briefly in Smiley’s People (and TTSS apparently) as a Soviet intelligence operative. That’d be a proper coup if they could get him to play the part again.

    • GuinNess!

  3. I would liked to have seen Michael Kitchen as George Smiley or maybe Bill Haydon.

  4. If you new even the slightest thing about the previous adaption you would know that Smiley – to be played by Mr Oldman – was indeed Beggarman and Roy Bland was Soldier… Shame on you!

  5. @Lizzie: Thanks for bringing that up. The article’s claim that the four photos shown may align with the four characters in the title belies its ignorance — there is no ‘spy’ in this context, and thus the main casting decision, Smiley, is omitted.

    Looks like a great cast, anyway, whoever ends up doing what.

  6. This is my favorite book, and I love George Smiley. Gary Oldman is the LAST actor who should play him, or be in the movie. George is a quiet, avuncular person whose great assets are that he listens, and blends into the background so people don’t think he is there. He seems to fall asleep when he is listening to them.
    Gary Oldman plays one type of character – yelling maniacs who are so wound up he seems as tho he is tweaked all the time. He sets your teeth on edge. George is older, pudgy and his expensive suits don’t fit. Oldman’s is so tense, it keeps him skinny.
    With Oldman as Smiley, what could could right is the question. Whoever cast him did not read the book, and doesn’t deserve to make thw movie. If it is true Oldman is cast as Smiley, it is a travesty.