Park Chan-wook adapting John le Carré sounds like one of those "too good to be true" propositions. If there's anyone who could make those Cold War thrillers sexy, it's the Korean suspense master, who's now bringing The Little Drummer Girl to the BBC and AMC as a six-part limited series.
To help up the sex appeal to an almost unnatural level, Chan-wook's cast Alexander Skarsgård, who's basically comprised of equal parts carnality and menace. Skarsgård's been on a tear lately, with the HBO mini-series Big Little Lies earning him a ton of acclaim (as a brutally abusive husband), and he's also got Duncan Jones' Mute and Jeremy Saulnier's Netflix thriller Hold the Dark on the way.
In The Little Drummer Girl, a young actress (Florence Pugh) strikes up an acquaintance with an enigmatic stranger (Skarsgård) while on holiday in Greece, but it rapidly becomes apparent that his intentions are far from romantic. The stranger is Becker, an Israeli intelligence officer who entangles her in a complex and high stakes plot which unfolds as she takes on the role of a lifetime in the ‘theatre of the real’.
A period piece set in the late '70s,The Little Drummer Girl is vintage le Carré, ready to be updated via Park Chan-wook's sumptuous style. There are few upcoming projects as appealing as this one, and we can't wait to see what the Korean master does with the material, as well as his increasingly gorgeous cast.