Tom Hardy has signed on to star in “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell,” Ubisoft’s film adaptation of its popular videogame franchise that Eric Warren Singer (“The International”) will write for the company.
Project is the second major movie based on one of its properties that Ubisoft is looking to get on the bigscreen after setting up “Assassin’s Creed” at New Regency and Fox, that Michael Fassbender will co-produce and headline.
“Splinter Cell” is not yet set up at a studio, although Ubisoft has had preliminary talks with Warner Bros. and Paramount.
Hardy will play Sam Fisher, a highly-trained special operative in a fictional black-ops operation called Echelon.
Thesp recently played Bane in WB’s “The Dark Knight Rises” and is shooting “Mad Max: Fury Road.”
Singer also penned Black List script “American Bullshit,” which David O. Russell will direct with Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner set to star.
“Tom Hardy is currently one of the biggest talents in the film industry, and he has a phenomenal ability to take on complex and varied roles with his broad range of acting skills,” said Jean-Julien Baronnet, CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures. “His involvement in the ‘Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell’ movie is exciting news for movie and video game fans alike. Meanwhile, Eric Singer is one of the most talented writers of the moment, and … we’re confident he’ll bring a fresh approach and create a thrilling story … while still respecting all the codes and traditions of the franchise that are so important to fans.”
Game has sold more than 23 million copies since its debut in 2002. Six games have been released so far with “Splinter Cell: Blacklist,” released next spring, developed by Ubisoft Toronto.
UMP, founded last year, also has a “Rabbids” TV series, based on the “Raving Rabbids” game set to bow on France Televisions and Nickelodeon.
After kicking around handful of options at Warner Bros. including the drama “Your Voice In My Head,” the thriller “The Imitation Game” and potential gangster epic “Cicero,” ‘Harry Potter’ helmer David Yates has finally settled on “Tarzan” as his next project. The decision has slowly been coming over the past few months, but now it’s time to find out who’s going to shirtless and swinging from vines, and some interesting names are cropping up.
Vulture reports that “Man Of Steel” lead Henry Cavill, “Sons Of Anarcy” star Charlie Hunnam and “True Blood” fang banger Alexander Skarsgard are meeting Yates to discuss the lead, with eternal badass Tom Hardy is also being eyed by the studio. You might recall that Hardy and Yates were set to pair up on the aforementioned “Cicero,” with the actor playing Al Capone over a proposed trilogy of films. Whether or not he finds his particular vehicle more enticing remains to be seen.
All the names are familiar faces around the WB lot. Cavill and Hardy, because, obviously. Hunnam features in next summer’s “Pacific Rim” and Skarsgard has that Viking movie “The Vanguard” developing at the studio, but clearly execs like working with these guys and/or have been impressed with what they’ve done.
So we’ll see how it all plays out. We have to say, a new “Tarzan” movie doesn’t exactly thrill us, but seeing that Yates was able to manage making Harry Potter grow up and take the series successfull in a darker direction, we’ll be curious to see how he handles this.
Recently named “the sexiest woman alive,” the breathtaking Mila Kunis is, according to reports published yesterday, October 10, 2012, is the frontrunner for the highly anticipated movie adaptation of “50 Shades of Grey.” Furthermore, as if the news that this stunning starlet’s could be joining the film wasn’t enough, the British hunk Tom Hardy is also in talks to star in the film.
Kunis starred in the almost equally erotic and sexual film, 2010 Oscar-winning “The Black Swan,” though she will need to reign in her raunchy side to play the virginal Anastasia Steele. Despite Kunis’s sexually charged acting past, she has certainly proven herself as a talented thespian with the skills to play a somewhat different role.
Hardy, on the other hand, is used to playing dominating figures like the powerful and intimidating Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises,” or the famous longtime British prison resident Charles Bronson of “Bronson.” His physically imposing figure and dominant will come in handy in the fantasies of the handsome billionaire Christian Grey, while his romantic charm, which is clearly on display in the 2012 romantic comedy, “This Means War,” will help him portray the character’s softer side.
Celebuzz reported that British writer Kelly Marcel, who also co-created the popular television series, “Terranova,” will be penning the screenplay for the film. Marcel is reportedly a huge fan of Hardy’s and even founded a company with the actor.
Other contenders for the roles include Lucy Hale, Emma Watson and Kristen Stewart for Anastasia and Ryan Gosling, Henry Cavill and Matt Bomer have been mentioned for Christian. Although any of these choices are sure to be great, Mila Kunis, Tom Hardy, and Ryan Gosling stand out as the best casting decisions, as they are among the most attractive actors in Hollywood at the moment and they will add tremendous sex appeal to this racy film.
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John Hillcoat’s Prohibition-era drama stars Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Jason Clarke and Jessica Chastain.
The Weinstein Co.’s Lawless debuted to $1.14 million on Wednesday, placing No. 1 and earning a solid B+ CinemaScore from audiences.
Directed by John Hillcoat (The Proposition, The Road), the Prohibition-era drama sports a star-heavy cast led by Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Guy Pearce and Mia Wasikowska.
The film, set in rural Virginia, is based on Max Bondurant’s best-selling book The Wettest County in the World, which follows three brothers caught up in the moonshine business. The novel is based on Bondurant’s grandfather and two brothers.
Lucy Fisher and Doug Wick produced the movie, which made its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May.
The film skewed slightly male on Wednesday (54 percent), while 33 percent of the audience was younger than 25.
By opening Lawless on Wednesday, The Weinstein Co. hopes to build good word-of-mouth heading into the long Labor Day weekend.
Coming in No. 2 on Wednesday was Lionsgate and Millennium Films’ The Expendables 2, grossing $1.05 million for a domestic total of $56.3 million.
The anti-Barack Obama documentary 2016: Obama’s America continued to make headlines, placing No. 3 with an estimated $818,000 from 1,091 theaters for a cume of $12.4 million. By Friday, the film is expected to be playing in more than 1,700 theaters.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Tom Hardy are teaming up to produce an untitled animal-trafficking drama set up at Warner Bros., sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.
Hardy came up with the idea, inspired by friends who are former Special Forces operatives and went on to become anti-poaching fighters in South Africa and other nations.
The goal, say sources, is to make a movie in the vein of Traffic, Steven Soderbergh’s multistory take on the various impacts of the war on drugs. In this case, the story would look at everything from the ground war on poachers in the African savanna to how animal material ends up in the fashion houses of Paris. It’s unclear whether DiCaprio, Maguire or Hardy would act in the movie.
A search for a writer has begun.
DiCaprio and Maguire are lifelong pals but rarely have worked together, though both are starring in The Great Gatsby for Warners, which is set for release in summer 2013.
DiCaprio also is longtime animal-rights activist. Last year, he became the spokesman for a campaign to protect elephants organized by the International Fund for Animal Welfare.
Hardy is one of the studio’s new favorite actors, coming off his notable appearances in The Dark Knight Rises and Inception (alongside DiCaprio). Hardy is starting to become active as a producer, having recently set up an untitled biker project at Warner Bros.
DiCaprio is repped by LBI Entertainment and Hansen Jacobson. Maguire is repped by WME, Management 360 and Hansen Jacobson. Hardy is repped by CAA, Sloane Offer and the U.K.’s United Agents.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Tom Hardy has said that he was intrigued by his Lawless character.
The actor explained that it was an acting challenge to bring humanity to Lawless’s bootlegger Forrest Bondurant, who swings between childlike kindness and violently aggressive behaviour.
“I take characters as they come, characters that interest me, that have scope. And also, a diversity of different ranges and colours and characteristics that are interesting in finding paradoxes and dichotomies of man,” Hardy said, reports Flicks and Bits.
Hardy continued: “[With Forrest, I was] like, ‘How can somebody be so violent, yet at the same time be such a little boy?’ Someone intrinsically innocent and naive and have such a heart, but then he’d do something on the other side that was so incredibly, horrifically horrible.
“And yet where the fulcrum is in the middle, someone that by the end of the film I want the audience to have the ability to care about that person.”
The film’s director John Hillcoat recently revealed that he was left “awestruck” by Hardy and also praised the actor’s chemistry with co-star Shia LaBeouf.
Source: Digital Spy
Acclaimed director John Hillcoat (The Road, The Proposition) delivers a thrillingly vivid slice of American outlaw history in his epic gangster tale, ‘Lawless.’ ‘Lawless’ is the true story of the infamous Bondurant Brothers: three bootlegging siblings who made a run for the American Dream in Prohibition-era Virginia. Based on author Matt Bondurant’s fictionalized account of his family, “The Wettest County in the World,” the film gathers an ensemble of gifted, dynamic new-generation stars – Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Mia Wasikowska, Dane DeHaan – alongside two of the finest actors of their generations, Guy Pearce and Gary Oldman. A riveting, intense story of crime and corruption, loyalty and love, brutality and tenderness, ‘Lawless’ is a rich addition to the American gangster canon. Look out for the film in cinemas August 29th in the US and September 7th in the UK.
Source: Flicks and Bits
Tom Hardy is set to reprise his role as Sam in a film adaptation of Brett C. Leonard’s play The Long Red Road.
The Dark Knight Rises actor – who starred in the play when it premiered at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago 2010 – will star alongside Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Shannon as his older brother, Variety reports.
The play follows Sam as he attempts to drink away his demons on an Indian reservation in South Dakota. When a visitor from his past arrives, Sam is forced to take a long hard look at himself and his former life.
Philip Seymour Hoffman directed the play when it ran in Chicago in 2010. It is not known if he will direct the production for the big screen
The film will be the first feature from Whipsmart, Paul Neesan’s new production company.
Source: Belfast Telegraph
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