John LeCarre novels are a guaranteed cinema success. The prolific author has penned eight novels which went on to be adapted for the big screen. His most recent tome, A Most Wanted Man, has been billed as one of 2013’s most interesting titles. Lucky for us, courtesy of Bleeding Cool, a leaked sizzle reel has found its way online.
The director has made lasting impressions with his most recent flicks; the Ian Curtis biopic Control and the too-cool-for-school George Clooney-vehicle, The American. This latest tale revolves around a Chechen Muslim who arrives in Hamburg and ends up embroiled in a terrorist cell. You gotta admit, Corbijn has struck gold with his cast. He’s bagged a clutch of stellar actors. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, Willem Dafoe and Daniel Bruhl are all involved and make appearances in this preview footage.
It would appear from this sneak peek that Corbijn is committed to creating an intelligent political thriller that’s not so cerebral you’ll want to gnaw your arm off (ahem, Michael Clayton). The main cast adopt convincing accents for what looks like a damn cracking flick.
When a half-Chechen, half-Russian, tortured half-to-death immigrant turns up in Hamburg’s Islamic community, laying claim to his father’s ill gotten fortune, both German and US security agencies take a close interest: as the clock ticks down and the stakes rise, the race is on to establish this most wanted man’s true identity – oppressed victim or destruction-bent extremist?
Poignant, compassionate and thrilling, A MOST WANTED MAN prickles with tension right through to its last heart-stopping scene. It is a cerebral tale of intrigue that is both contemporary and deeply human, touching on love, rivalry, politics and the world we live in.
There’s no release date set for A Most Wanted Man, but we estimate it’ll be late 2013/early 2014. We’ll let you know when an official trailer lands.