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Tom Hardy will star in The Outsider, a Silver Pictures’ film that will mark the English-language debut of Japanese director Takashi Miike, who’s in negotiations to direct the Andrew Baldwin script. The film is based on an original idea by John Linson, who will produce along with Art Linson through their Linson Entertainment banner. Joel Silver, Andrew Rona and Steve Richards will produce for Silver Pictures. The project, originally set at Warner Bros, will be independently financed to shoot in Japan early next year. It’s an epic story set in post-World War II Japan, chronicling the life of a former American G.I. who becomes part of the Japanese yakuza.Hardy has become the go-to guy for everything, with startling diversity. The Warrior star is right now circling a chance to play Elton John in Rocketman, the Michael Gracey-directed project that just got Lawrence Bender aboard to produce, with UTA in the process of setting up distribution, having landed financing in Cannes. After The Dark Knight Rises, Hardy next stars in the franchise reboot Mad Max: Fury Road. He also stars in the Dennis Lehane-scripted and Michael R. Roskam-directed Animal Rescue opposite Noomi Rapace, Matthias Schoenaerts and James Gandolfini, and in the Daniel Espinosa-directed Child 44 for Scott Free and Summit.
The “Dark Knight Rises” star is also executive producing the two-hour “Poaching Wars With Tom Hardy” for ITV.
Tom Hardy will present a documentary series on wholesale wildlife poaching in Africa for U.K. commercial broadcasting network ITV.
Hardy is front and center for the documentary, which currently has the working title Poaching Wars With Tom Hardy, and will present the two 60-minute episodes. The project was reportedly Hardy’s own idea.
The show is a co-production between Burning Bright Productions and Hardy’s production banner, Hardy, Son and Baker. The Dark Knight Rises star is also taking an executive producer role.
Poaching Wars With Tom Hardy is commissioned by ITV’s factual team.
According to ITV, after Hardy became aware of the damage being inflicted in Africa by the poaching industry, he made a personal commitment to travel to South Africa, Botswana and Tanzania and uncover why poaching has reached crisis levels across Africa. Cameroon, Chad, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of the Congo are seeing large-scale elephant slaughter.
On his trek across the continent, Hardy meets those affected and involved on all sides of the illegal industry, including the farmers who have lost livestock to poachers and key figures from organizations fighting back on the ground and in government.
“The story of the impact of wildlife poaching in Africa is one that is important to tell, now more than ever,” said ITV controller of factual Jo Clinton-Davis. ” Tom Hardy’s palpable concern and commitment to shedding light on what is happening and what the answers might be allow him to bring this reality home in a way that we believe will resonate powerfully with our audience.”
Dean Baker, executive producer of the film for Hardy, Son and Baker, added: “Tom’s goal is to bring the senseless slaughter of endangered wildlife in Africa to the attention of the masses. This documentary is the first step of that process.”
Poaching Wars With Tom Hardy is executive produced by Hardy, Baker and Clive Tulloh. The film is produced and directed by Ewen Thompson.
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Noomi Rapace and Gary Oldman also star in Summit’s Daniel Espinosa directed Soviet-era movie.
Paddy Considine and Fares Fares (“Zero Dark Thirty”) are in negotiations to join the international ensemble of Summit Entertainment’s Soviet-era thriller “Child 44,” TheWrap has learned.
The duo will be joining Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and Gary Oldman in the movie, which Daniel Espinosa (“Safe House”) is directing from a script by Richard Price, who adapted the bestselling novel by Tom Rob Smith.
“The Killing” star Joel Kinnaman was previously reported to be in negotiations as well.
Set during the 1950s, “Child 44” follows a member of the Soviet police (Hardy) who finds himself the target of his own government’s suspicions as he investigates a brutal serial killer targeting children.
Fares will play one of Hardy’s trusted allies, while Considine’s role is being kept under wraps.
Summit, which is owned by Lionsgate, partnered with Worldview Entertainment to co-finance and executive produce the movie earlier this year.
Ridley Scott and Michael Schaefer will produce for Scott Free Productions along with Greg Shapiro. Lionsgate execs Erik Feig and Jim Miller will oversee the project for the studio.
While “Child 44” is set in Russia, its cast will be primarily British (Hardy, Oldman, Considine) and Swedish (Rapace, Kinnaman, Fares).
Considine, who co-starred in “The Bourne Ultimatum” and “Cinderella Man” for Universal, will soon be seen in the studio’s upcoming comedy “The World’s End,” which reunites him with his “Hot Fuzz” co-stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, as well as director Edgar Wright.
Fares, who previously worked with Kinnaman on “Safe House” and the “Snabba Cash” films, is best known for his key supporting role in Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty.”
Considine is repped by CAA and Troika, while Fares is repped by Don Buchwald & Associates and Magnolia Entertainment.
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Tom Hardy’s ‘Everest’ has officially gone into pre-production, according to the film’s page on IMDB. The status of the film changed from ‘In Development’ to ‘Pre-production’ on April 5th, which means that we’re on step closer to seeing the film on screen.
Although it doesn’t have a confirmed release date, the film is being set up to come out sometime in 2014, likely in the fall for awards season. The film is based on a true story, and is about a British mountain climber in the 1920s named George Mallory who makes multiple attempts to scale Mt. Everest. This is just one of the multiple Everest projects in development, but the status update to pre-production means that this might be the first we actually see in theaters.
In other Tom Hardy news, he recently landed at #5 on the Sun’s list of ’10 Sexiest Males’. Henry Cavill came in at #4, Jason Statham at #3, David Beckham at #2, and Benedict Cumberbatch at #1. Other than Hardy, the only other actor on that list that has gained their popularity from a superhero movie is Henry Cavill with ‘Man of Steel’.
‘Everest’ will be directed by Doug Liman, and is based on a book by Jeffrey Archer, with Sheldon Turner penning the script. Right now, only Hardy has been confirmed for the cast, but we should expect to see hear some casting news soon as the film gets underway.
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