Tom Hardy has moved quickly to quash reports that he is set to play Jafar in Guy Ritchie’s live-action remake of Disney’s Aladdin.
There had been rumours that the 39-year-old actor would be taking the role, stirring accusations of whitewashing on social media.
The Sun was the first to report that Hardy was Ritchie’s “first choice” and had held “conversations” about the role, despite producer Dan Lin’s promise to “make a movie that’s authentic to that world”.
Will Smith is apparently being lined up to play the Genie, but apart from that the project is firmly under wraps.
The 39-year-old is back in Liverpool to film series four of the hit BBC drama
Hollywood star Tom Hardy was spotted on set in Liverpool as filming for series four of Peaky Blinders begins.
The actor was seen in period dress on Dublin Street in Vauxhall as he returned to his role as Londoner Alfie Solomons.
Hardy, 39, a fan favourite in the 1920s set BBC2 gangster drama, was whisked away from the set at just after 8pm on Tuesday.
Despite the hit show being set in Birmingham, much of the filming takes place in Liverpool.
Actor Cillian Murphy, who plays Thomas Shelby, was also in action this week for scenes filmed in Toxteth.
Kinmel Street, South Street, and Powis Street have been transformed into 1920s Birmingham, with retro-looking adverts placed on the side of buildings, and classic cars, horses and carts on the road.
The new series of Peaky Blinders, which follows the Shelby family as they expand their empire across the country, was confirmed last autumn.
Star Murphy revealed earlier this year that filming would begin this month.
He said at the time: “The success of it is down to really great writing.
“People in America love it, people in Australia love it, people in Poland love it – it’s mad.”
Series one to three included locations such as Seacombe Ferry Terminal in Wirral, Croxteth Hall and Stanley Dock.
Mad Dog Casting, the firm who provide extras for Peaky Blinders and other North West productions, has put out a casting call for anyone wanting to be an extra in similar programmes.
Tom Hardy is reportedly reuniting with Ridley Scott, who handed him his big screen debut in Black Hawk Down, for a new action movie funded by Netflix.
The Hollywood Reporter claims that Tom will star in War Party, which is set to be produced by Scott’s company Scott Free Productions and directed by Andrew Dominik, who previously helmed The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford.
Plot details for the project are yet to be revealed but it’s thought that the film will be based on real-life events, with Hardy portraying a decorated US Navy Seal who is sent on a perilous mission.
Netflix are also confirmed to have won rights for the film, after reportedly beating off competition from studios including Universal, Lionsgate and streaming competitors Amazon.
But before he has the chance to play the finest of the US military, Tom will next be seen as a British World War Two hero in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, which is set for release in July and also marks the acting debut of one Harry Styles.
Ridley, meanwhile, is gearing up to release Alien: Covenant; his production house previously produced Tom’s BBC period drama Taboo earlier this year.
Forget chocolates or flowers – the BBC has come up with the ideal gift for Mother’s Day
Struggling for a Mother’s Day gift? Well fear not, because the BBC has just come up with the perfect idea, and it comes in the form of Taboo actor Tom Hardy.
After setting pulses racing on CBeebies last month, the heartthrob actor is set to return to the kiddies’ TV show to read another bedtime story on Mother’s Day.
om Hardy’s CBeebies Bedtime Stories will air on March 26 at 6.50pm
The actor has been brought back by Beeb bosses after his last two appearances on Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve sparked a social media frenzy.
The 39-year-old will now read a tale about an ‘angry little mouse’ on Mother’s Day on Sunday, March 26.
He will read There’s A Bear On My Chair, by Ross Collins, the ‘hilarious story about an angry little mouse who is desperately trying to move a bear from his chair’.
Fans of Tom Hardy will be overjoyed to hear they have not heard the last grunt from the enigmatic James Delaney.
A second series of his BBC One drama Taboo has been commissioned – thanks in part to its success on the BBC iPlayer.
Set in 19th Century London, the first series saw Hardy’s character return from Africa to claim an inheritance.
The actor, who conceived the show with his father Chips and writer Steven Knight, said its recommissioning was “fantastic news”.
“We are grateful and excited to continue our relationship with the BBC and FX in contributing towards British drama,” he added.
Jonathan Pryce played the sinister Sir Stuart Strange in the eight-part drama
The first series came to an end on 25 February and drew an average consolidated audience of 5.8 million – a figure reached after seven days that takes some catch-up viewing into account.
According to the BBC, though, the drama’s average audience was closer to 7 million, with viewers discovering it after that seven-day window.
Charlotte Moore, the BBC’s director of content, said Taboo “proves overnight ratings are not the only measure of success.”
“I’m thrilled that a work which pushes boundaries has been so well received,” said Knight, who produced the show with Tom and Sir Ridley Scott.
The first series of Taboo will remain on the iPlayer until 27 March.
Don’t forget Tom is reading another CBeebies story tonight at 6:50pm.
He”ll be tackling The Cloudspotter by Tom McLaughlin
For many, 2016 to be a terrible year: numerous celebrity deaths, the Brexit vote and Trump’s victory.
However, on New Year’s Eve, there was one last shining moment that brought joy to thousands around the world: Tom Hardy appearing on CBeebies Bedtime Stories.
Despite playing villainous characters such as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, both Kray twins in Legend, and John Fitzgerald in The Revenant, Hardy proved a hit with children and mothers alike.
Unsurprisingly, the actor is coming back to the children’s BBC channel once more, this time reading The Cloudspotter by Tom McLaughlin alongside his dog, Woody. Appropriately, the episode will air on Valentines Day.
His last appearance on the show caused Twitter to meltdown, with social media users writing: “Not gonna lie, I’m nearly 30 and yet have just sat (with my parents) through and thoroughly enjoyed the CBeebies bedtime story with Tom Hardy.”
Another noted: “On behalf of all mums out there… can I thank CBeebies for the Tom Hardy story reading tonight.”
Having only appeared in Peaky Blinders and The Revenant in 2016 (released 2015 in the US, 216 in the UK), Hardy has had a relatively quiet year. However, already this year, the actor has appeared in Taboo – which he co-created with his father and Steven Knight – and will star in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk.
Recent images of Tom have been added to the gallery.
The actor created the new BBC miniseries with his father Chips and ‘Peaky Blinders’ creator Steven Knight
Tom Hardy has reportedly lost nearly £2 million from making his new BBC miniseries, Taboo.
Hardy’s new eight-part period drama, which follows the mysterious James Delaney’s (played by Hardy) return to London after many years in Africa to claim his father’s inheritance, was co-created by the actor’s father Chips and Peaky Blinder creator Steven Knight. It premiered in the UK on the BBC on January 7, and will run weekly on Saturday nights until February.
It has today been reported, however, that the company that Hardy founded – Taboo Productions Ltd – to handle the finances of making Taboo has recently reported a big loss. Accounts show that £10.4 million was spent on making Taboo, but its income only reached £8.4 million – an anonymous source told The Sun that “these new figures will make stark reading for Tom. No matter who you are or how much money you’re worth, £2 million is a lot of money to simply throw away.”
The source also said that Hardy hopes to reclaim some of the loss on future sales of DVDs and downloads, as well as syndication rights. Taboo currently airs in the US on FX, and has been sold around the world in countries such as Spain, Portugal and Russia.
Despite the financial losses, Taboo has been generally well-received by critics and audiences since its premiere, pulling in over 4 million viewers on the BBC for its January 14 episode.
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