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Over a decade after he made his feature film debut in Black Hawk Down, Tom Hardy is preparing to work with Ridley Scott again. This time, they’ll be joining forces for a BBC One drama called Taboo, created by Hardy’s Locke director Steven Knight.

Meanwhile, Hardy has also booked another, very different kind of role. He’ll be showing off his pipes in London Road, a musical about the 2006 Ipswich serial murders. Hit the jump for more details on both of Hardy’s new gigs.

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/Film reader Christopher M sent over two new photos from Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, ne of which gives us our first real look at Black Eyed Peas ‘ singer Taboo as Vega (Balrog in Japan), who you might remember from the Street Fighter video games. See the full photo after the jump, along with a second photo featuring Moon Bloodgood (Terminator Salvation) as Maya, getting ready for action.

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In Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Budd has to clean up a particularly fouled strip club restroom, and right now I have to write a Black Eyed Peas casting post. Night capping the last few days of X-Men Origins: Wolverine news, BEP member will.i.am (the one who looks like Wyclef) will star as John Wraith aka Wraith aka Kestrel, a mutant with teleportation powers and a thing for explosives who, in comic canon, belonged to Team X alongside Wolverine, Sabretooth (Liev Schreiber), Maverick, Mastodon and Silverfox (Lynn Collins). This casting news arrives via IESB. The musician-actor, real name William James Abrams, Jr., previously starred on the TV show Cane, and the big budget film marks his feature debut. No word if he’ll contribute to the soundtrack or will have a scene teaching Gambit how to rap obnoxiously.

In a flick more befitting a BEP, rapper Taboo (the one who looks like he has a crystal skull), will star in 2009′s Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, the second big screen incarnation of Capcom’s classic video game series. Taboo’s role has not been officially announced, but First Showing speculates he might be up for the still unfilled roles of Ryu, Ken, or Guile. If so, total hilarity. Also joining the film, which is directed by Doom‘s Andrzej Bartkowiak, are American Pie‘s Chris Klein (as Nash), the formidable Michael Clark Duncan (as Balrog), Korean American actor Rick Yune (Gen), and others. Smallville‘s Kristin Kreuk is in the title role. Did Jean-Claude Van Damme and Raul Julia teach our society nothing in 1994?

Discuss: What is the point of casting the Black Eyed Peas in genre movies? Also, anyone want to be /Film’s BEP movie news-gathering intern?

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