July 19, 2011 at 07:14 PM EDT

There are very few things the new code-laced poster for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy spells out clearly. That’s definitely Gary Oldman, the film’s lead, made entirely of cryptic-looking code. There’s the mysterious title of the spy film, based on the John le Carré novel of the same name. Beneath that is a list of names that includes a collection of some of Britain’s finest actors, like Tom Hardy and Colin Firth. Then there’s le Carré and director Tomas Alfredson, the latter best known for his previous film, the cult classic Let the Right One In. And finally, just bellow Alfredson is a simple tagline: “The secret is out.”

Though the understated poster has little to say, what it and the atmospheric trailer released a few weeks ago make certain is that this is a secret worth discovering. With a cast like this, a story by le Carré — who is widely considered the premiere spy novelist — and Alfredson behind the camera, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy screams potential with a steely, cool side.

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