Rachel McAdams seemed to have been hitting a lull in her career in the last few years, sputtering out with the actually delightful workplace comedy Morning Glory, not to mention a string of flops before that-- The Time Traveler's Wife and State of Play, plus the virtually unseen indies The Lucky Ones and Married LIfe. But last spring's Midnight in Paris was the start of a new winning streak that culminated with this year's The Vow, a romantic drama that has actually outgrossed her monster hit The Notebook from 2004.

Sure, she hasn't turned The Vow into a mega-year quite the way her co-star Channing Tatum has, but she's doing pretty well, and she looks to be continuing her hot streak with A Most Wanted Man, the John le Carre novel adaptation that already has Philip Seymour Hoffman set to star. Anton Corbijn, director of the George Clooney slow-burn drama The American, will be directing the adaptation, another twisty spy story by the author of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. I'll let THR's description take it from here, since they've sorted through the tangled plot far better than I can:

Andrew Bovell adapted the screenplay, which takes place in present-day Hamburg, Germany, where a mysterious, near-dead half-Chechen, half-Russian man on the run arrives in the city's Islamic community desperate for help and looking to recover his late Russian father's ill-gotten fortune. Hoffman will play chief of a covert German spy unit who works to solve the mystery of the man's identity. McAdams will play a woman who becomes involved in the international intrigue.

If complicated spy stories aren't your thing, don't worry, you can see plenty of McAdams elsewhere-- she's part of the newly retitled Terrence Malick film To The Wonder, and will work with Love Actually director Richard Curtis in To the Wonder last this year, wrapping in time to start A Most Wanted Man in September. That Regina George-- she always manages to come out on top.

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