I’m not familiar with the Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy series. So this film hasn’t been on my radar. But buzz is leaking that Gary Oldman is FANTASTIC in the film. With serious talk of Oscar consideration for him. Frankly, I think Gary Oldman is awesome in EVERYTHING he’s in, so I’m not too surprised. But this trailer is really well done and sets up a fascinating and mysterious world of shadows and secrets. I’m thinking that this film might mark the beginning of awards season in the industry…which is my favorite time of the year. Although, I enjoy a summer blockbuster as much as the next person, my preference are for films of dramatic substance. Which looks like this film is.
The cast for the film is amazing. The star power alone pretty much locks up a best ensemble award nomination from the Screen Actor’s Guild. Here’s the official synopsis of the film for the uninformed… such as myself.
Set in the 1970s, TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY finds George Smiley (Gary Oldman), a recently retired MI6 agent, doing his best to adjust to a life outside the secret service. However, when a disgraced agent reappears with information concerning a mole at the heart of the Circus, Smiley is drawn back into the murky field of espionage. Tasked with investigating which of his trusted former colleagues has chosen to betray him and their country, Smiley narrows his search to four suspects – all experienced, urbane, successful agents – but past histories, rivalries and friendships make it far from easy to pinpoint the man who is eating away at the heart of the British establishment.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy stars Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Mark Strong, Cirian Hinds and Benedict Cumberbatch. It is directed by Tomas Alfredson. It is scheduled for release December 9, 2011.