This article isn’t meant to introduce you to a new actor or a new director, but rather to show you something interesting that you might not know about from people you should know very well.
I think it’s safe to say that pretty much anyone that has watched a movie the last ten or fifteen years knows who Gary Oldman is. Hell, everyone probably knows who he is, at least by proxy of knowing Sirius Black from Harry Potter or Commissioner Gordon from Nolan‘s Batman series.
Oldman has excelled at playing villains and supporting roles, rarely taking center stage even though he always steals the spotlight. But the upcoming, and interestingly titled, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy gives him a rare opportunity to take top billing. The film, adapted from a British novel from 1974, is a slow-burn Cold War thriller. Oldman plays an old spy that comes out of retirement to uncover a Soviet mole in the Secret Intelligence Service. The cast is absolutely stellar. Along with Oldman it stars Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt and Mark Strong.
The whole thing looks amazing and I’m eagerly anticipating it. Take a gander at the trailer:
Speaking of looking amazing, I caught this trailer for a film about psychologists Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud. It instantly shot to the top of my most anticipated list. I present to you, A Dangerous Method:
Intense, right? And the people behind it are amazingly talented. Viggo Mortensen is a phenomenal actor that always gives 100% to his roles. Keira Knightley possesses great talent and it’s clearly on display here. Last, but certainly not least, is Michael Fassbender. Possibly the most charming man in Hollywood today, he’s hit the stratosphere over the last few months after his fantastic performance as Erik Lensherr/Magneto in X-Men: First Class, one of this year’s finest films. He’ll certainly be everywhere next year, and deservedly so.
A fantastic cast can count for little if you don’t have a capable director to oversee matters. That’s not a worry for this film though, as legendary Canadian maniac David Cronenberg is the man behind the camera. It’s actually his third team-up with Mortensen over the last six years. The other films? Eastern Promises and A History of Violence. So yeah, things look bright for the film.
I won’t be remotely surprised if both films garner a fair few nominations come award season, that’s how much faith I have in them.