‘Locke’ Trailer: Tom Hardy Goes for a Drive

Locke

Tom Hardy stayed mostly under the radar in 2013, but that was only because he was so busy shooting. He’s back in a big way this year with three releases, the first of which, Locke, hit Sundance last month and is now headed for a spring release.

Written and directed by Steven Knight, the taut thriller follows a dude taking phone calls in his car. Which doesn’t sound all that exciting, I know, but reviews from the festival circuit say otherwise. Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

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The Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass got a fresh jolt of life last month when Scott Cooper entered talks to direct, and now it’s taking another big step forward as casting gets underway. In the lead role will be Johnny Depp, who previously signed on and then quit the project last year, while Tom Hardy is in early talks to play his FBI handler John Connolly. Get more details on the project after the jump.

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Tom Hardy and Takashi Miike Leave ‘The Outsider’

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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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Locke

Friday morning I spent 85 minutes with Tom Hardy as he drove a car while fielding phone calls over a Bluetooth connection. It’s not as glamorous as it sounds; it’s a movie at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Locke, directed by Steven Knight (Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Dirty Pretty Things and Eastern Promises), is a an incredible acting exercise with the spotlight shining on Hardy, and Hardy alone.

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CHILD 44

Tom Hardy kept a pretty low profile in 2013, after spending the previous two years zipping from Cold War thriller to Prohibition drama to superpowered blockbuster. But fortunately for fans, his release schedule ramps up again in 2014 with two promising crime pics: the Dennis Lehane adaptation Animal Rescue, and the Stalin-era mystery Child 44.

In the latter, Hardy plays a Soviet military police officer whose investigation into a child murder attracts the displeased attention of the government. The first stills from the production have him looking sharp in uniform, alongside co-stars Noomi Rapace and Gary Oldman. Daniel Espinosa directed the film, with Ridley Scott serving as a producer. Check them out after the jump.

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‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Set for May 2015 Release

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Warner Bros. has chosen a berth for the fourth Mad Max film from writer/director George Miller. Mad Max: Fury Road, in which Tom Hardy takes over the title role from original star Mel Gibson, will be in theaters (in 3D) on May 15, 2015. That’s two weeks after Avengers: Age of Ultron and one week before Brad Bird’s TomorrowlandRead More »

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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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Tom Hardy has just accepted the role of rock legend Elton John in Rocketman, a biopic directed by Michael Gracey and written by Lee Hall. Focus Features will distribute the film, which starts shooting in Fall 2014. Read the full release below. Read More »

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