The actor is hitting the gym five days a week to prepare for his upcoming role
One byproduct of the modern era of superhero films is that pretty much every A-list actor, at some point, becomes a hulking beast. Tom Hardy is no stranger to looking like a giant sculpture made of meat, but his latest role as Venom, a comic-book antihero spun off from the Spider-Man universe, has required a particularly martial training regimen.
So what’s Hardy been up to in preparation for his foray into the Sony-Marvel-Disney wilderness of Spider-Man? Mostly, he’s been boxing.
Hardy has been working out with Nathan Jones, a professional MMA fighter, and trainer Mark Mene, according to Metro UK. Venom just started filming in Atlanta, but Metro reports that Hardy is working out five days a week. While Hardy has certainly had fight training before, it looks like he’s back in the ring as a core activity for this film, which will undoubtedly feature a few super-powered brawls.
There are non-boxing superhero workouts you could try, but it’s no mistake that many action movie stars figure in martial arts as a part of bulking up aesthetically for a role. Several of the stars of Blade Runner 2049 boxed or grappled to get set for Denis Villanueve’s continuation of the Ridley Scott sci-fi action classic, and Ryan Gosling in particular focuses on Muay Thai to stay in shape for active roles. Boxing is an intense, full-body workout that blasts through calories and builds strength at the same time. Some superhero workouts, like Josh Brolin’s jacked-up routine to play Cable in Deadpool 2 will focus on lifting heavy, but it’s a given that for most action roles you’re going to have to step in the ring.
Venom just started filming, so don’t expect to see Hardy’s ripped bod in a super-suit anytime soon. Riz Ahmed, Michelle Williams, and Jenny Slate are all co-starring, but some of their roles aren’t clear. We’ll have to wait and see what kind of weights they’re throwing around to get in character. Although to be fair, Hardy’s always had a head start in the bulk category.
Sony may have given Marvel Studios the right to use Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a seemingly very good decision for everyone involved, but that doesn’t mean the studio is getting out of the comic book movie game. They are going to make use of the other Spider-Man characters they have, starting with an R-rated Venom movie that will star Tom Hardy in the lead role. Now we have word that the studio is plowing forward with the first of several Spidey spin-off movies, as Venom is reportedly going to be starting production in September.
According to Omega Underground, Sony will start shooting Venom on September 1 in both Atlanta, Georgia and New York City. Since the movie is currently slated to hit theaters on October 5, 2018, that timetable seems to make a lot of sense. There is no word yet on how long production is expected to last, but shoots for these kinds of movies often last several months, leaving plenty of time for post-production and reshoots, if need be. In rare cases, movies like Avengers: Infinity War, which are truly massive in scale, will have much longer shoots, but this probably isn’t going to be one of those cases. Especially since Tom Hardy is quite the busy dude.
A lot of productions have been shooting in Atlanta Lately. Marvel Studios has been shooting a ton of movies there, such as a very good chunk of Spider-Man: Homecoming, which also shot in New York City as well, since that is where the webslinger resides. Venom, aka Eddie Brock, also calls NYC his home, which would explain why they will be shooting there, but it also presents some potential issues. How are they going to explain why Spider-Man is nowhere to be found if the Venom movie takes place in New York City? Will they even bother? Fans will surely want some kind of explanation. Granted, the general public may not care all that much, but it is a pretty glaring elephant in the room that will need to be addressed.
In addition to Venom, which is going to be directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), Sony is also working on a Black Cat and Silver Sable movie. There is no word on a release date for that, or what other characters may be looking at getting their own movies, but Sony is planning on making use of what Marvel characters they have and is creating their own universe of movies, currently called Sony’s Marvel Universe. It has been reiterated by both sides several times that these movies and characters will not crossover with the MCU, which presents all kinds of questions and, given Sony’s track record with superhero movies over the last ten years, might make fans nervous.
As much as people may feel trepidation about a Venom movie that won’t feature Spider-Man, there are reasons to feel good about this. For one, Tom Hardy is one of the best actors working today and he chooses his projects carefully. The fact that he signed on for this is a big deal. Also, even if the movie winds up tanking, it won’t affect anything over in the MCU, so there’s really nothing to lose from the fan’s perspective. Only some money for Sony to possibly lose.
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.
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