Adapted from John le Carre’s novel of the same name, ‘Our Kind of Traitor’ follows a British couple who get embroiled with a Russian oligarch and high-profile money launderer while on holiday in Marrakech.
Director Susanna White has assembled a strong cast, drawn by the allure of the author’s name and the fact that he often adapts well; television and film bring life to Le Carre’s conventional prose style.
White said she was very excited to get the chance to work on one of his novels.
“I’ve been a big fan of John le Carre going right back to ‘The Spy who Came in from the Cold’ with Richard Burton, or the original ‘Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy’ which I grew up on. So, it was a real thrill to be given the opportunity to make this movie.”
Damian Lewis, who is a favourite to become the next James Bond, plays MI6 agent Hector in the film. The actor, who is a TV series, (Homeland, Billions, Wolf Hall), favourite, says it was the plot that persuaded him to take the role.
“It’s always been about script, it’s always been about directors and people you work with. Storytelling, whether it’s in film, TV, theatre or radio for that matter – the pull is the same. It’s the story,” he insists.
‘Our Kind of Traitor’ is full of twists and turns, stunning locations both in Marrakesh and in Europe, and is out now.