Tom Hardy Replaces Fassbender in '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.