Philip Seymour Hoffman Starring in Corbijn's John le Carré Adaptation
by Alex Billington
February 7, 2012
Some fantastic casting news for the day. FilmNation Entertainment has announced (via Variety) that Philip Seymour Hoffman is confirmed to star in Anton Corbijn's "modern day thriller" A Most Wanted Man, adapted from John le Carré's 2008 novel. FilmNation is shopping the film to buyers in Berlin at the fest starting this week, which is where the news comes from. Photographer-turned-filmmaker Anton Corbijn (Control, The American) is directing from a script written by Andrew Bovell (Head On, Edge of Darkness). Hoffman, who's already set to blow us away in PTA's The Master, is in the cast but no one else was added.
For those interested in le Carré's novel, here's a tantalizing tease via Amazon to set the tone of this thriller:
New spies with new loyalties, old spies with old ones; terror as the new mantra; decent people wanting to do good but caught in the moral maze; all the sound, rational reasons for doing the inhuman thing; the recognition that we cannot safely love or pity and remain good "patriots" -- this is the fabric of John le Carré's fiercely compelling and current novel A Most Wanted Man.
Corbijn's A Most Wanted Man takes place in present day Hamburg, Germany where a mysterious, tortured and near-dead half-Chechen, half-Russian man on the run arrives in the city’s Islamic community desperate for help and looking to recover his late Russian father’s ill-gotten fortune. Nothing about this young man seems to add up; is he a victim or a thief or, worse still, an extremist intent on destruction? Drawn into this web of intrigue is a private British banker and a young female lawyer determined to defend the defenseless. All the while, they are being watched by the brilliant, roguish chief of a covert German spy unit (Hoffman), who fights to put the pieces together as the clock ticks. Gail Egan & Andrea Calderwood of Potboiler Prods., Stephen & Simon Cornwell of Ink Factory and Malte Grunert at Amusement Park Film are producing this.
"We will start shooting in Hamburg in September and are delighted to be working with Anton Corbijn on this film. His unique vision for le Carré's complex and stylish story is very contemporary, very real, very human," producer Gail Egan says. This sounds like it could be great, another awesome role for Hoffman to follow-up The Master and Yaron Zilberman's A Late Quartet. We'll definitely keep you updated on this film.