There's nothing like a really good spy movie, and I'm inclined to think that no genre supports a really good ensemble cast half as well as a tight thriller. (Think back to the glory days of the 1970s casts for just a moment. See what I mean?) So this tiny bit in Variety should have every cinema fan drooling, as they're reporting that Ralph Fiennes, Colin Firth, Gary Oldman, and Michael Fassbender have signed onto Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. If the cast isn't enough to whet your appetite, think about them all being directed by Tomas Alfredson of Let the Right One In. Oh, and Peter Morgan wrote the screenplay.

Focus, now. Tinker also has one hell of a pedigree. Those who know their John le Carre recognize that it's based on his 1974 bestseller, and if you know your British television, you know the book also inspired a television show starring Alec Guinness. This is classic, classic stuff. It's unclear whether Tinker will be done as a period piece. The original centered on a British spy hunt for a Soviet mole. Variety implies it's been updated, saying that it's set in the aftermath of the Cold War. So it could be set in the uncertain period of the 1990s, or it could be present day. After all, Salt isn't dispensing with Russian spies. If you've been following your current events, you know they're apparently hanging around, making all our 1980s fears seem crazily relevant again.

I'd go into who is probably playing who, but I've never actually read Tinker and I don't want to spoil the plot for myself or for you. This is going to be a film that will be a joy to watch unfold. Even though filming doesn't begin until October, let's try to wait it out.