Philip Seymour Hoffman in A Most Wanted Man Trailer

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An official trailer has been released for A Most Wanted Man, a riveting-looking thriller starring Philip Seymour Hoffman. Directed by Anton Corbijn (Control, The American), A Most Wanted Man tells the story of a Chechen Muslim who, after illegally immigrating to Hamburg, gets caught up in the international war on terror. As per the synopsis: is he a victim or a thief or, worse still, an extremist intent on destruction? Drawn into this web of intrigue are a banker (Dafoe) and a young female lawyer (McAdams) who is 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.

Starring Hoffman – in one of his last roles – alongside Robin Wright, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, and Grigoriy Dobrygin, this appears to have class written all over it. Adapted from John le Carré’s best-selling novel.

Official synopsis for A Most Wanted Man:

Hamburg, Germany: 2012. A mysterious, tortured and near-dead half-Chechen, half-Russian man on the run (Grigoriy Dobrygin) 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 are a banker (Dafoe) and a young female lawyer (McAdams) who is 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. In an adrenaline laced and heart-rending escalation of tension and collision, it’s not long before he becomes everyone’s most wanted man. A Most Wanted Man, a cerebral tale of intrigue in the vein of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, is also contemporary and deeply human, touching themes in love, rivalry and politics we live with every day.

ETA: USA – 25 July, 2014.