I've been anxiously awaiting Tomas Alfredson's follow-up to LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, and it's a pretty big project: an adaptation of John Le Carre's classic Cold War spy novel TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, starring Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, and Ciaran Hinds. That's a hell of a cast and considering Alfredson's previous work, this film shoots up the list of most anticipated films to see. The film, currently in post-production, was written by Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan. Gary Oldman plays George Smiley, and considering he's a prominent character in many Le Carre novels I'd imagine if this film is successful we would see more of him in the role.
According to Deadline, Universal has scooped up distribution rights to the film and intend to release it this late fall. It sounds like they must be releasing this for end-of-the-year awards consideration, and with a cast like that and a property like Le Carre's novel, I can't say I blame them. As far as Gary Oldman is concerned, I think it would be amazing if he got recognized for his many roles and work. He's done all kinds of performances - restrained, outlandish, over-the-top, quiet, and heroic. With George Smiley an addition to his character catalog, I expect this film's going to knock our collective socks off. We'll see this November-December.