If a book has already been adapted once (and masterfully so), what do you call a second telling of it? Is it a remake? Or a re-adaptation? Regardless of the proper industry terminology here, I am suddenly very, very excited to see a new film based on John Le Carre's brilliant Cold War spy thriller, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. It's been known that Let The Right One In director Tomas Alfredson has been set to direct an adapted screenplay from Frost/Nixon and The Queen screenwriter Peter Morgan, but that wonderful news just had a glorious cherry dropped right on top: Garry Oldman.
According to The Playlist, Oldman will play the retired master British spy, George Smiley. The first time Le Carre's novel was adapted, the role of Smiley went to the great Alec Guiness (who reprized his role in the 1982 miniseries Smiley's People). So, as far as I'm concerned, the role has now been perfectly cast twice. I simply cannot imagine a better actor to bring the spy-hunting Smiley back to life than Gary Oldman, a man who I think most can agree is one of the finest actors living today.
If you thought that casting was wonderful enough on its own, it gets even sweeter. The Playlist goes on to cite Colin Firth, Michael Fassbender and David Thewlis all as being in talks for roles in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Right now it is unclear who they will each be playing in the story about the search for a Russian spy in the midst of the upper British Intelligence ranks, but with shooting set to commence this September, hopefully it won't be long before final casting is in place. I don't know about you, but this just became one of my most anticipated films of 2012.