Upcoming Flix Spotlight: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

I haven’t done a new flick spotlight in a while, and the last time I did it was on Cloud Atlas, which had quite an ensemble cast. Well, the fantastic British cast is what initially grabbed my attention about Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. If you’ve read this blog long enough, you know I love all things Brits and most of my favorite actors are from across the pond. Well, this one is chock full of them! Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong, Toby Jones, and John Hurt.

I put this movie on the list of most-anticipated movies of 2011 back in March, but now it’s been generating some serious buzz all over, thanks to the impressive set of enigmatic character posters

… and trailer, like this new International version that’s just been released yesterday.


It shows just a bit more clips than the first trailer, but retains that same creepy, sinister vibe. It’s particularly interesting that it uses the same score as in the X-Men: First Class, and the fact that both are set in the 60s. I love the retro look and the music is certainly effective.

Based on John le Carré’s 1973 novel of the same name, this movie is a remake to the 1979 British miniseries starring Sir Alec Guinness as espionage veteran George Smiley. Set in the bleak days of the Cold War, the plot centers on a middle-aged spy who’s forced out of retirement to uncover a Soviet mole in the “Circus”, the highest echelon of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). The minute we hear the words ‘British spy’ most of us automatically think of 007, but the gritty and realistic portrayal of the espionage world in this one is a far cry from the glamorous lifestyle depicted in the Bond movies.

Author John le Carré

According to FilmStage, Le Carré actually has a cameo in the film. The British spy novelist has also seen the film and has high praise for it… “Through my very personal prism… it is a triumph. And if people write to me and say, ‘How could you let this happen to poor Alec Guinness,’ I shall reply that, if ‘poor Alec’ had witnessed Oldman’s performance, he would have been the first to give it a standing ovation. I’m very proud to have provided [director Tomas] Alfredson with the material, but what he made of it is wonderfully his own.” Wow, that’s quite a compliment coming from the author himself!

Speaking of Alfredson, he’s said to have brought a horror sensibility to the film, even comparing it to his last feature, the Swedish vampire flick Let the Right One In. In the Independent article, he’s quoted as saying ” … horror is 90 per cent inside people. The gap between reality and what’s happening in their mind — that’s what creates the horror. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is a horror precisely because you do not know how far the conspiracies and lies stretch — it could be much worse than you think.”

I’m so glad to see Gary Oldman in a leading role in a pretty high profile project. He’s done other leading roles of course, but this is perhaps one of the most prominent with high visibility. I’m pulling for him to finally nab at least an Oscar nomination for the role. Can you believe it he has NEVER been nominated?? It’s ludicrous really considering his resume. I’ve listed five of my favorite Gary Oldman roles, but I have a strong feeling I’d have to make room for his role as Smiley once I’ve seen this film. He even sounds different somehow, but then again great actors are often able to alter their speaking voice.

And of course there’s the eye candy factor, ehm. Tom Hardy is not the primary reason I want to see this movie, but his presence certainly can’t hurt. He looks so darn appealing sporting blond locks. Even amongst THIS cast, I have no doubt he’ll be stealing scenes with his seductive glances and well, looking like Tom Hardy 😀

I know it’s perhaps premature to say this, but I can’t imagine this one NOT living up to the hype. I sure hope this will be released nationwide come November 18!


What do you think folks? Is this high on your must-see list?

THIS JUST IN! Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Trailer

Woo hoo! Another preview to one of my anticipated movies this year.

Synopsis: In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6′s echelons.

Wow, that is one suspenseful trailer, but man it looks sooo good! I love spy thrillers and this one looks realistic and intense. Espionage is serious business, none of that Bond frivolity, who has time for sipping martinis and shagging women when you’ve got a crisis! I almost didn’t recognize Tom Hardy w/ his blond looks, but he sure looks good! Swedish director Tomas Alfredson who did the critically acclaimed vampire film Let the Right One In is directing this one. The story is based on the 1974 British spy novel by John le Carré that was adapted into a BBC miniseries back in 1979 with Alec Guinness, which I have yet to see. “Le Carre’s spies live in a world of shades of grey – none of the good guy/bad guy clarity of the James Bond world,” Mark Phillips said on his CBS interview article with the author.

If there is a best ensemble cast award, this one containing some of the best UK’s dramatic actors is certainly a shoo-in! 😀 Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong, Toby Jones, and John Hurt. OH MY! The only thing is, where is the female cast?? On the IMDb page, there are only two actresses listed and I’m not familiar w/ either one of them.

Oldman plays George Smiley, a middle-aged, taciturn, perspicacious intelligence expert in forced retirement. He is recalled to hunt down a Soviet mole in the “Circus”, the highest echelon of the Secret Intelligence Service.  As I said before on my Gary Oldman spotlight post, I am pulling for him to get at least a Best Actor Oscar nomination!


What do you think folks? Is this one on your radar?

Misc. News & On-Set Photos of FC’s Anticipated Flix

As I mentioned on yesterday’s post, I was in the middle of working on this post when the Immortals trailer hit. But even within a day, there’s always new movie news to share, so read on below and hope you learn something you didn’t know before you come over here 😀

    • Firstly, I’m so excited that Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, one of my anticipated movies of this year is going to open Venice Film Festival! Here’s a quote from the film’s producer Doug Urbanski via Playlist: “We’re in post-production. We’ve been invited to open the Venice Film Festival. We’ll be releasing in the U.K. probably in September. Then we’ll probably release in America in October or November… All of these things will be decided in the next two weeks but I would think that we have a very serious Oscar contender for next year.” Considering the cast that’s comprised of Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong, Toby Jones, and John Hurt, I think the Oscar buzz is totally understandable. The film is said to open sometime in December and I sure hope Gary Oldman would finally garner a nomination!

      I couldn’t find a photo with a lot of the cast members, but I did see this one of Tom Hardy sporting a blond wig and a bunch of tattoos. (Photos courtesy of JustJared)


    • Speaking of on-set photos, I also found a bunch of photos of Gerry Butler (who co-stared w/ Hardy in Rocknrolla) was also spotted on the set of his upcoming dramedy Playing the Field with Dennis Quaid, along with the female cast who play his ex-wife (Jessica Biel) and the soccer moms who have the hots for him.



      As I mentioned before here, the movie is about a former soccer star with a wild past who tries to redeem himself by coaching his son’s soccer team, only to find himself tempted by the kids’ restless and gorgeous moms. Y’know, I wasn’t too enthused about it when I first heard it, but now that Uma Thurman and Catherine Zeta-Jones have joined the cast, I’m really looking forward to this. There hasn’t been a great soccer comedy flick (well, since Bend It Like Beckham), so I hope this movie will change that. Plus GB looks ever so handsome in his soccer uniform 😀  (Photos courtesy of Caughtonset.com)

      Butler w/ Biel | Thurman, Quaid & Zeta-Jones on the set

  • Now this one is fresh from the oven! Variety just reported this morning that the upcoming Superman film now has a villainess to go along with General Zod in fighting their ultimate Kryptonian nemesis. Thirty year-old German actress Antje Traue (Pandorum) has been cast as Superman villainess Faora, which according to the article is believed to have been the inspiration for the character Ursa in Richard Donner’s Superman films. I can kinda see the resemblance between the two, especially their striking but chilly eyes.
    Antje Traue & Sarah Douglas as Ursa

    Looks like the Man of Steel better watch out! Here’s the brief description of the character in that Variety article: Faora Hu-Ul was introduced in Action Comics #471 as a beautiful Kryptonian woman with an intense unexplained hatred for all men. She was an expert at the Kryptonian martial art of Horo-Kanu, which utilizes pressure points on the Kryptonian body and made her a dangerous foe for Superman to fight in hand-to-hand combat.

  • Last but not least, this is a pretty interesting news and I do hope it’s more than a rumor. Not contend with being one of the most talented actors in the business, Russell Crowe is seriously considering tackling on directing. What’s the movie about? Well, according to Deadline, it’s a period cop drama from L.A. Confidential‘s crime author James Ellroy in which he might also star in.

    The story “… deals with the unsolved murder of an LAPD officer, and the nationally televised shootout in South Central L.A. between the Symbionese Liberation Army and the LAPD, where 50,000 rounds of gunfire were exchanged.” Well, L.A. Confidential is one of my favorite crime dramas, so this definitely piqued my curiosity and if Russell does end up helming the project, I’d be sure to watch it.

Well, that’s the news roundup for this week folks. Any thoughts on any of these news? Feel free to also add any movie news you’ve just heard that you’re excited about.