Audiences just can’t get enough of spies, it seems: last year saw a wealth of different super-agents on screen, from long-running heroes James Bond and Ethan Hunt, to fresher faces from “Kingsman: The Secret Service” and “Spy,” to Oscar nominee “Bridge Of Spies,” and mostly with great success financially. This year is a little quieter, but not by much, with “The Brothers Grimsby” and “Jason Bourne” among those on the way, we’re also seeing a resurgence of one of the kings of the genre, author John Le Carre.
The success of “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” a few years ago made the veteran author hot again, and surprisingly strong box office for “A Most Wanted Man” helped to, so we’re soon to get a couple more. First up is Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie in miniseries adaptation “The Night Manager,” and soon to follow is big-screen outing “Our Kind Of Traitor,” which just dropped its first trailer.
Penned by “Drive” scribe Hossein Amini and directed by “Generation Kill” helmer Susanna White, the film sees a university professor and his girlfriend (Ewan McGregor and Naomie Harris) befriend Russian oligarch Dima Krasnov (Stellan Skarsgard), who claims to be the world’s biggest money launderer, and asking to be put in touch with British intelligence. The ordinary couple are soon immersed in a world of espionage.
It’s a strong cast, with key roles for Damian Lewis and Mark Gatiss alongside the toplining stars, and the trailer looks like it could be a pretty gripping picture as far as these things go. The film opens on May 6th in the UK, with Lionsgate set to distribute in the U.S. further down the line, and you can check out the trailer below.