Principal photography begins on Anton Corbijn’s A Most Wanted Man
Story by Jack Foley
PRINCIPAL photography commenced yesterday (Monday, September 24, 2012) in Hamburg on a major film adaptation of John le Carré’s world-wide best-selling 2008 novel A Most Wanted Man.
Anton Corbijn (The American, Control) directs a cast led by Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright.
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.
Adapted for the screen by Australian writer Andrew Bovell (Lantana), the film is produced by Gail Egan (The Constant Gardener) and Andrea Calderwood (The Last King of Scotland) for Potboiler, Stephen Cornwell and Simon Cornwell for The Ink Factory, and Malte Grunert for Amusement Park.
Rounding out the cast are rising Russian star Grigory Dobrygin as the titular most wanted man, Turkish actress Derya Alabora, and the cream of German acting talent, including Nina Hoss, Daniel Brühl, Franz Hartwig, Kostja Ullman, Rainer Bock, Charlotte Schwab, Max Volkert Martens and Martin Wuttke.