We have three pieces of casting news for you in one handy article. First up, Tom Hardy (Inception) has replaced Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds) in Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. The Daily Mail reports [via The Playlist] that Hardy will play “‘Tricky’ Ricky Tarr, a British operative acquaintance of protagonist George Smiley, a “breathtakingly ordinary, anti-James Bond”-type character who will be played by Gary Oldman.” Based on the John Le Carre novel of the same name, the plot centers on Smiley trying to uncover a mole within British Intelligence. The film co-stars Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Jared Harris with the script being handled by Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon). Fiennes was also attached at one point, but it’s possible he may have dropped out since the Mail doesn’t mention him.
Hardy is keeping busy these days after his breakthrough performance in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Bronson and his great work in Inception. In addition to playing Mad Max in Mad Max: Fury Road, he has also signed on to co-star in McG’s action-romantic-comedy This Means War opposite Chris Pine and Reese Witherspoon.