Even with so many spy movies coming out over the next year or so, surely Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy qualifies as one of the most anticipated. It may not be a blockbuster with huge stars, but it could very well end up being one of the best movies of the year. Not only is this Tomas Alfredson’s follow up to the acclaimed Swedish vampire flick Let The Right One In, but it is based on a best-selling novel written by one of the masters of the genre back when he was at the top of his game. Plus it stars Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong and Benedict Cumberbatch, among others.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is set during the Cold War and follows George Smiley (Oldman), a retired MI6 agent who is called back into service in order to help expose a Russian mole. Smiley is a recurring character in John le Carré’s books; he was previously played on screen by Rupert Davies in The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, and also by Alec Guinness in a BBC TV adaptation of the same book. The thing I’m most excited about is the fact that this is a period piece, taking spy movies back to when they were more about being resourceful and less about hacking computer mainframes. The movie hits theatres in the U.K. on September 16th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.