Ralph Fiennes and Mads Mikkelsen Join Ewan McGregor in John LeCarre’s OUR KIND OF TRAITOR; SMILEY’S PEOPLE Still in Development

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John Le Carre novels have always been ripe for Hollywood adaptation.  Anton Corbijn (The American) is working on an adaptation of A Most Wanted Man, and a couple years ago we got Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, which sadly was a bit of a disappointment.  Hopefully, director Justin Kurzel (The Snowtown Murders) will have more success with his adaptation of Le Carre’s Our Kind of Traitor.  The adaptation is moving in the right direction with Ralph Fiennes and Mads Mikkelsen signing on to co-star.

Per Screen daily, “Ewan McGregor will star in the international spy thriller as one half of a couple who gets mixed up with a Russian oligarch and major money launderer (Mikkelsen). Caught up in his plans to defect, they are soon positioned between the Russian Mafia and the British Secret Service.”  Fiennes will play U.K. government fixer Hector Meredith.  Jessica Chastain was rumored for the female lead back in November, but it looks like she has passed, and casting for the role is still underway.  Filming is set to begin this summer.  Hit the jump for an update on the adaptation of Le Carre’s Smiley’s People, and click here for Steve’s interview with producer Eric Fellner.

Regarding Smiley’s People, StudioCanal Chairman and CEO Olivier Courson and Ron Halpern, evp international productions and acquisitions, tell Screen Daily:

“We are working on Smiley’s People with Working Title. It’s still at the development stage – but, yes, the old team of [co-writer] Peter Straughan and [director] 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.”

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy really came together in the second half, so perhaps that same kind of energy will carry throughout Smiley’s People.  Here’s the synopsis of Le Carre’s novel:

A very junior agent answers Vladimir’s call, but it could have been the Chief of the Circus himself. No one at the British Secret Service considers the old spy to be anything except a senile has-been who can’t give up the game—until he’s shot in the face at point-blank range. Although George Smiley (code name: Max) is officially retired, he’s summoned to identify the body now bearing Moscow Centre’s bloody imprimatur. As he works to unearth his friend’s fatal secrets, Smiley heads inexorably toward one final reckoning with Karla—his dark “grail.” [Amazon]

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  • jack

    keep your opinion out of a news story….that’s what an editorial is for….tinker, tailor was a great movie and was not at all a disappointment to people who have actually read the source material…..sorry there wasn’t enough action in it for you Goldberg

    • Willy

      Agreed.

    • burlivesleftnut

      Yep. When I saw that you thought it was a disappointment I was like, “where the hell did that come from?” TTSS, was brilliant.

  • Billy Jack

    Tinker Tailor a disappointment??? YOU are a fucking disappointment, Goldberg. A major disappointment. I know you read the comments here so I have no doubt in my mind you know how much cock you suck when you write your bullshit reviews/reports. My question is – if you know how terrible your shit is then WHY THE FUCK do you keep doing it??? Learn to listen to your audience, which right now consists of people who wanna puke after reading every article here with your name attached to it.

  • Tone LG

    Never really pay attention to who writes these articles, but as soon as I read “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, which sadly was a bit of a disappointment”, I knew Goldberg had struck (out) again.

  • Alan B

    Guys, don’t be upset: Goldberg didn’t even know who Karla was when he saw the film. Who gives a shit, honestly?

  • Ebert

    What the hell, Goldberg! You can’t leave your damn opinion out of anything.
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was a great film!

  • Nathan

    Completely disagree with your opinion of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

    I think it was a smart, sophisticated, and subtle film superbly acted and directed by a talented group of film makers.

    But you’re entitled to your opinion.

    I will say, though, part of the reason I stopped frequenting AICN was because their personal biases got in the way of their content. Food for thought.

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