Back in February it was reported that there was a new adaptation of a John le Carré novel being developed, and that it was looking to put Philip Seymour Hoffman in a leading role. It all sounded very exciting, but Hoffman’s involvement wasn’t official. Well, some time has passed since then, details on the project are starting to solidify, and the crew has even started to put together a cast of familiar faces to join Hoffman in supporting roles.
But first, let’s recap exactly what this project is. A Most Wanted Man is a story about a half-Russian, half-Czech immigrant who comes to Germany—scarred and starved—looking for his father’s lost fortune. His past is mysterious, his motives are suspect, and eventually his pursuits get the attentions of a British banker and a young female lawyer, who both try to help them in their own way, and who end up forming a strange love triangle in the process. There’s no time for romance, however, as the man’s arrival also gets the attention of a group of spies from three different nations, and soon all of the players converge in ways that are likely steeped in intrigue and double crossings.
From a novel by le Carré, who is a real life former MI6 operative (and who also wrote “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”), A Most Wanted Man was adapted for the screen by Andrew Bovell (Edge of Darkness), is being directed by Anton Corbijn (The American), and has Hoffman locked up to play a German spy who’s trying to put all the pieces of the puzzle together. That’s what we already knew.
The new news is that A Most Wanted Man has officially found funding. THR reports that Demarest Films has made a deal in Toronto and has agreed to come on board to co-finance and co-produce. Incoming cash flow isn’t the only thing that’s making this project look like much more of a sure thing though, as the deal has also brought to light the fact that Hoffman has been joined in the cast by three big name actors: Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, and Robin Wright.
There’s not yet any word on which actor will be playing which part, and seeing as there’s still an immigrant, a lawyer, a banker, and some spies left to be filled as far as the big roles go, it’s not so easy to make predictions. It really feels like Dafoe would play the scarred immigrant and McAdams the young female lawyer though, doesn’t it? We’ll have to wait and see.