Tom Hardy Replaces Fassbender in 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'

September 3, 2010
Source: The Daily Mail

Tom Hardy / Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

The forthcoming adaptation of John Le Carre's spy novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, from director Tomas Alfredson, boosted our anticipatory excitement with an impressive cast: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Ralph Fiennes and Michael Fassbender. However, it looks like a change of the guard has taken place as The Daily Mail (via The Playlist) reports Tom Hardy (Inception, Bronson) has replaced Fassbender in the film. Set in the aftermath of the cold war, the thriller (called a "breathtakingly ordinary" sort of anti-James Bond) tells the tale of a big spy hunt within the highest echelons of the British Secret Intelligence Service.

The Working Title production has Oldman in the lead role of George Smiley (once played in the TV series by Sir Alec Guiness) a small, podgy spy who is charged with unearthing a mole. Meanwhile, Hardy will play the character Ricky Tarr, a man who helps Smiley put the pieces of this jigsaw puzzle of a mole-hunt together. The other actors, which also include Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC's "Sherlock"), Jared Harris ("Mad Men") and Ciaran Hinds (There Will Be Blood) will play various intelligence chiefs and bureaucrats who are under suspicion of being the Soviet mole. Combine this cast with the spectacular writing talents of Peter Morgan (of The Queen, Frost/Nixon) and you've got yourself one hell of a thriller to look forward to down the road.

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  • Xerxex
    Sad to see Fassbender go, glad to see Hardy arrive.
  • t&v
    I'm looking forward to seeing Cumberbatch in this. He was incredible as Sherlock.
  • spener
    Cumberbatch and Hardy reunited after Stuart a life backwards. Sweet.
  • beavis
    this is sounding VERY good!
  • Corran Horn
    Xerxex: Same here. Was hoping to see Fassbender in two potentially awesome movies next year (this and Cronenberg's TALKING CURE), but I had a feeling the new X-Men movie would create a schedule conflict. Either way, Tom Hardy's addition makes this sound even more awesome. Do I smell a future position for Mr. Hardy in MI6? 😉
  • dtkirby
    The novel is set during the cold war - not the aftermath. Did they change the time period for the film?
  • Eudemonist
    Writing from Peter Morgan? Screenplay is by Peter Straughan and the lovely Bridget O'Connor




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