Ralph Fiennes has signed on, while the previously linked Colin Firth and Michael Fassbender have both been confirmed to have joined the cast of a new adaptation of espionage-themed literary classic “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” for Working Title says Variety.
Set in the mid-70’s during the height of the Cold War. Gary Oldman will play George Smiley, a judicious, reserved, middle-aged intelligence expert who is recalled out of forced retirement. His task? To hunt down a Soviet mole in the “Circus”, the highest echelons of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6).
Considered one of author John le Carre’s best works alongside “The Spy Who Came In From the Cold” and “The Constant Gardener”, ‘Tinker’ scored acclaim for its more realistic portrayal of the spy world and has only been adapted once before as a 1979 limited TV series starring Sir Alec Guinness.
Peter Morgan (“The Queen,” “Frost/Nixon,” “The Last King of Scotland”) is adapting the script while acclaimed Swedish director Tomas Alfredson (“Let the Right One In”) will direct. Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing and shooting kicks off in October in London.