Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Lido

It’s my own most anticipated film of the year and already tipped to be a big Oscar contender. Now it appears that the new film adaptation of John Le Carre’s Cold War-era espionage classic “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” will be getting a splashy debut.

Producer Doug Urbanski recently revealed to RBR (via The Playlist) that the film had been invited to open the Venice Film Festival this year.

“Let the Right One In” director Tomas Alfredson helms the spy drama which follows middle-aged, pen-pushing British intelligence operative George Smiley (Gary Oldman) who must find the identity of a Soviet mole within ‘The Circus’, the highest echelons of the S.I.S. (MI6).

The high profile cast also includes Tom Hardy, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong, Toby Jones and John Hurt. Peter Morgan (“The Queen,” “Frost/Nixon”) adapted the script.

The film was talked up as a possibility for Cannes but the rumors were quelled as the film is still in the midst of post-production. A decision on whether it will hit Venice should be revealed sometime soon. If it does, one would also expect a Toronto Film Festival screening to take place shortly after.

Urbanski also revealed the early release plans that have been set for the film – “we’ll be releasing in the U.K. probably in September. Then we’ll probably release in America in October or November.”