On Friday I brought you a Gambit) and one more look at Oldman.
The story is set in the 1970s and centers on George Smiley (Oldman), a recently retired MI6 agent, is 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 MI6, Smiley is drawn back into the murky field of espionage.
Hardy plays an acquaintance of Smiley’s as he replaced Michael Fassbender in the film when Fassbender left the project for X-Men: First Class. Firth plays MI6 deputy Bill Haydon. Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In) directs.
Le Carre’s novel was adapted into a television mini-series back in 1979, which featured Alec Guinness (Kind Hearts and Coronets) in the role of Smiley. I’ve heard a lot of good things about it and it is available at Netflix if you’re interested in doing a little research before the film hits theaters later this year.
Personally I see this as an excellent opportunity for Gary Oldman to get his first Oscar nomination… Can you believe it? Oldman has never been nominated for an Oscar. I guess looking back I can’t say he necessarily has a ton of roles I would expect to get Oscar nominations, though his roles as Stansfield in Leon, as Lee Harvey Oswald JFK, as Zorg in The Fifth Element and as Drexl in True Romance are hard to forget. Here’s to hoping for the best.
I thought I would just add this for the fun of it…