A Heavily-Accented Philip Seymour Hoffman Leads The ‘A Most Wanted Man’ Trailer

“It takes a minnow to catch a barracuda, a barracuda to catch a shark.”

The voice of Philip Seymour Hoffman – weighty, measured, and thick with a German accent – dominates much of the trailer for A Most Wanted Man. He is only ever interrupted by a suspicious Robin Wright and a very post-Inception soundtrack; even when he is, its likely his face fills the screen.

In the wake of Hoffman’s tragic death, much of the talk has either focused on his rich career and the upcoming Hunger Games films. There will be a few other opportunities to see a brand new Hoffman performance, though: the Showtime series pilot Happyish, John Slattery’s feature film directorial debut God’s Pocket, and this film, another espionage book adaptation from Anton Corbijn. 

Though the trailer is heavy on Hoffman, it’s very possible the film will, as many in Hoffman’s career have, focus on a wider cast of characters. That cast is filled out with a plethora of worthy names, including Wright, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, and Daniel Brühl.

A Wanted Man is another film focused on espionage and the war on terror, but its approach from a European point of view could prove interesting. The film opens on July 25.

Tyler Hanan
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