Focus Features has announced a November 18, 2011 US release date for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. YAY!
This is without a doubt one of the most hotly anticipated films of the year. It’s certainly in my top 3. I hope this means we’ll be getting a trailer soon! I’m dying to know what’s up with Tom Hardy’s character (among other things.) Speaking of Tom Hardy, have I mentioned lately how insane this cast is??
Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong, Toby Jones, John Hurt, Stephen Graham, Simon McBurney and Kathy Burke*. this is like a Who’s Who of British character actors, (plus the very adorable Jamie Thomas King from "The Tudors" and then there are a couple of Russians thrown in just to stir things up.)
*Kathy Burke as Val in Gary Oldman’s directorial debut, Nil by Mouth, is a must see. It’s a performance that will never leave you.
Also, without having seen a single frame of footage from this film, my estimation of the new Three Musketeers remake has just gone up a notch (okay, half a notch) since Peter Straughn wrote the screenplays for both films.
What concerns me however, is what this means for Ralph Fiennes’ Coriolanus, whose release date is still listed only as November 2011. I can’t see Harvey Weinstein wanting to pit Shakespeare against a spy flick with a talented, name recognized cast based on a book by a name recognized author, on the same weekend. That’s not to say that Coriolanus doesn’t have most of those things going for it as well, but frankly, I think they’ll be playing to the same audience. We’ll see. What do I know?