For a while there, the web was ahead of the game (isn’t it always). Even without a US release date, many sites around the Internet were lucky enough to score the international trailer to Anton Corbijn’s intriguing take on John le Carre’s spy thriller, ‘A Most Wanted Man‘. The film, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Willem Dafoe, Daniel Bruhl, Rachel McAdams (a piece of cinematic kryptonite if ever there was one) and Robin Wright is the director’s follow-up to his highly regarded ‘The American’ and set to bow at Sundance this month.
The synopsis of the plot (from the novel and Collider.com) reads as follows:
“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.”
Of course, once US rights holder Lionsgate got wind of the trailer’s online leaking they went lawyer on everyone. Almost immediately, the YouTube video was disabled and there is currently no viewable version of the preview online…except as part of this presentation on what appears to be an Indian television station:
While it’s hard to hear the dialogue with all the translation going on, we at least catch a glimpse of Hoffman going full German accent on everything. There’s also snippets of McAdams and Dafoe. One assumes that, within a matter of days if not hours, Lionsgate will get its act together and release a legitimate clip for online viewing. Those who have seen it suggest it amplifies the book’s thriller and spy aspects while playing down any potential love story elements.