Gary OldmanGary Oldman is to star as British intelligence officer George Smiley in an adaptation of the John Le Carre classic Cold War spy thriller, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

Le Carre's book was famously a 1979 TV series starring Sir Alec Guinness as the British spy often described as "anti-James Bond" because he was so deceptively ordinary. Guinness reprised the role in 1982 Smiley's People.

Adapted for the big screen by Peter Morgan - who wrote the screenplays for The Damned United, The Queen and Frost/Nixon - Le Carre's Smiley novels centre on the rooting out of a Russian mole working within the British secret service or "the circus" as former MI5 agent Le Carre called it.

Find out more after the jump... Gary OldmanGary Oldman is to star as British intelligence officer George Smiley in an adaptation of the John Le Carre classic Cold War spy thriller, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

Le Carre's book was famously a 1979 TV series starring Sir Alec Guinness as the British spy often described as "anti-James Bond" because he was so deceptively ordinary. Guinness reprised the role in 1982 Smiley's People.

Adapted for the big screen by Peter Morgan - who wrote the screenplays for The Damned United, The Queen and Frost/Nixon - Le Carre's Smiley novels centre on the rooting out of a Russian mole working within the British secret service or "the circus" as former MI5 agent Le Carre called it.

According to reports, Colin Firth, Michael Fassbender and David Thewlis are all lined up for parts in the film which is set for a September 2012 release.

With OO7 shackled by the uncertain future of MGM and the Bourne series running out of books, perhaps Oldman's Smiley could be the start of a new spy franchise. There were five Smiley novels while he also appeared as a minor character in several others. When the BBC adapted the Karla trilogy (of which Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is the first) they chose to skip the middle book - The Honourable Schoolboy - as the Asian setting was considered too costly.

To get a taste of the more sedate pace - they'll be none of your chop-socky chase scenes in this spy film - here's a clip of opening scenes from the BBC's brilliant 1979 series...





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