Tom Hardy and Takashi Miike Leave ‘The Outsider’

Tom Hardy in This Means War

Takashi Miike and Tom Hardy‘s The Outsider seemed to be coming along at a decent clip. The yakuza flick was first announced last summer, then got a big boost in the fall when Worldview Entertainment signed on to finance and produce. Alas, now it’s suffered a nasty blow.

Hardy has just departed the project, and Miike has followed suit. Producers are currently scrambling to find replacements for the director and star, but production will be delayed at the very least. More details after the jump.

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Briefly: Announced a few months ago, The Outsider, a Yakuza film starring Tom Hardy and directed by Takashi Miike (13 Assassins, Ichi the Killer, Audition), just got a shot of financial adrenaline. The movie now has significant funding from Worldview Entertainment, likely thanks to the fact that such a film starring Hardy is a guaranteed distribution sale.

The Outside will shoot early next year in Japan, and will feature Hardy as “a former G.I. in post-WWII Japan who joins a Yakuza crime family.” The script is by Andrew Baldwin (the Logan’s Run remake) based on a story concept from John Linson (Sons of Anarchy). After making The Outsider, Hardy will dive into the Elton John biopic Rocketman, after which hopefully he’ll have to do promotional rounds for the new Mad Max movie, Fury Road. We also have his one-man movie, Locke, to look forward to. [Variety]

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