Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who is currently trodding the boards of Broadway in Death of a Salesman, will tackle another literary figure once the show closes in June. Deadline is reporting that Hoffman will be cast in the lead role in the adaptation of John Le Carre’s A Most Wanted Man. The film was one of several high profiles being pitched to foreign producers at Cannes Film Festival today. The film, directed by Anton Corbijn, will see Hoffman play a roguish chief of a covert German spy team, and shoot in Germany.
The synopsis for the film has also been released: In present day Hamburg, Germany, a mysterious, tortured and near-dead half-Chechen, half-Russian man on the run arrives in the city’s Islamic community desperate for help and looking to recover his late Russian father’s ill-gotten fortune. Nothing about this young man seems to add up; is he a victim or a thief or, worse still, an extremist intent on destruction? Drawn into this web of intrigue were a British private banker and a young female lawyer determined to defend the defenseless. All the while, they are being watched by the brilliant, roguish chief of a covert German spy unit (Hoffman), who fights to put the pieces together as the clock ticks.