Cannes-tastic! Word of another film project being sold at the little festival in the south of France–The Hollywood Reporter says Rachel McAdams has joined the cast of Anton Corbijn’s adaptation of John Le Carre’s novel “A Most Wanted Man.” Philip Seymour Hoffman is already set to star. Andrew Bovell wrote the adaptation.
Here’s the synopsis of the novel from Amazon:
A half-starved young Russian man is smuggled into Hamburg in the dead of night with an improbable amount of cash secreted in a purse around his neck. He is a devout Muslim. Or is he? He says his name is Issa.
Annabel, an idealistic young German civil rights lawyer, determines to save Issa from deportation, even if the price is her career—and her safety. Searching for clues to his mysterious past, she confronts the incongruous sixty-year-old scion of a failing British bank—and a triangle of impossible loves is born.
Meanwhile, scenting a sure kill in the “War on Terror,” the rival spies of three nations converge upon the innocents.
McAdams will play the young lawyer; Hoffman will play the “chief of a covert German spy unit who works to solve the mystery of the man’s identity.”
Corbijn directed George Clooney in “The American,” which isn’t the best omen. That could mean the movie will look good but be sloooooow.
“A Most Wanted Man” will shoot in September in Germany. Before that, McAdams will film Richard Curtis’s “About Time.” She’ll next be seen on screen in “To the Wonder,” the Terrence Malick film that just finally got a title. Ben Affleck, Rachel Weisz, and Javier Bardem are also in that one.