The marketing for Tomas Alfredson‘s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy has really been heating up as of late. At the beginning of the month, we were treated to a new trailer for the film, which was a good deal longer than the international teaser that debuted back in late June. Just last week, too, a batch of character posters — following the design scheme of the initial Gary Oldman-featuring poster — were released for co-stars Tom Hardy, Colin Firth, and Mark Strong.

A new tidbit of news proclaims that John le Carré — author of the 1973 source material of Alfredson‘s film and one of the world’s most notable contributors to the espionage genre — will be making a small cameo in the upcoming adaptation. This shouldn’t do much to entice unfamiliar viewers, but it’ll surely excite those who are eyeing the projet already even more.

Le Carré also admitted to having seen Alfredson‘s adaptation, and had nothing to share other than absolute praise. “Through my very personal prism,” he noted, “it is a triumph. And if people write to me and say, ‘How could you let this happen to poor Alec Guinness,’ I shall reply that, if ‘poor Alec’ had witnessed Oldman’s performance, he would have been the first to give it a standing ovation. I’m very proud to have provided Alfredson with the material, but what he made of it is wonderfully his own.” [The Guardian via The Playlist]

Looks like the buzz for Oldman‘s first-ever Oscar nomination is continuing to build, and could reach new heights soon enough when the film debuts at Venice. After that comes its November 18th domestic release, which will hopefully mark the beginning of a sturdy Oscar campaign, because the film really does look superb.

How do you think the film will turn out? Does Le Carré’s positive testimony influence your anticipation in any way?

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