Philip Seymour Hoffman has been firmed to star in the Anton Corbijn-directed adaptation of the John Le Carre spy thriller A Most Wanted Man. The film was on Deadline’s list of hot titles at Cannes.

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.

The film was co-developed and will be co-financed by Film4 with Tessa Ross acting as Executive Producer.

Says Senator Entertainment AG CEO Helge Sasse: “A Most Wanted Man is an international bestseller set in Hamburg, Germany, and we are happy that the support of the Hamburg and Berlin subsidies made it possible for the producers to shoot it in Germany. So that made it a natural project, we’re pleased to be part in, as it not only fits Senator’s slate and is our kind of movie, it allows us to participate in the production a major international blockbuster right on our doorstep. I’m looking forward very much to working with Anton Corbijn and the production team on this hotly anticipated project.”

Senator Film Verleih will release in Germany in 2013.

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