The Daily Mail reports that filming is about to start in London for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, the adaptation of John Le Carre’s seminal cold war best-seller to be directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One in). The article mentions that Inception star Tom Hardy will now play Ricky Tarr, who was going to be played by Michael Fassbender. Fassbender had to drop out because he just started filming X-Men: First Class.
Gary Oldman is starring as George Smiley, the spy charged with unearthing a mole who has embedded himself in the highest echelons of the secret service. Also joining Oldman will be Ciaran Hinds, Jared Harris, Colin Firth and Benedict Cumberbatch as British operatives.
The script for the thriller was written by Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan.