Tom Hardy

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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One of the hottest actors in the industry could be headed toward one of the coldest places on the planet. Benedict Cumberbatch is being eyed to star as George Mallory in Doug Liman‘s Everest, with Joel Kinnaman, James McAvoy, Tom Hiddleston, Henry Cavill, Luke Evans, Dan Stevens, Matthew Goode, and Jim Sturgess also in the mix.

If you’re confused because you thought Jason Clarke had already replaced Christian Bale in that movie, you’re thinking of the other Everest, by Baltasar Kormakur. That one has suffered a few setbacks but is now hoping to shoot this fall, with Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, and Jake Gyllenhaal in addition to Clarke. Get the latest on both movies after the jump.

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Amid the high-profile work featuring Tom Hardy, the actor quickly shot a small film in which his is essentially the only visible face.

The movie is called Locke, and it is a one-man show described by one review as “basically just Tom Hardy driving a car while making a bunch of phone calls.” Lest you get the wrong idea, that same review from Variety goes on to call the movie an “ingeniously executed study in cinematic minimalism [with] depth, beauty and poise” and “a finely tuned showcase for Hardy’s exceptional acting skills.” So that’s alright, then.

The film premiered at the Venice Film Fest this past weekend, where it met with positive reviews such as Variety’s. Oh, and the movie comes from writer/director Steven Knight (Eastern PromisesRedemption) and executive producer Joe Wright (HannaAnna Karenina).

We don’t have a trailer yet, but there’s a clip you can check out to start getting an idea about the movie.  Read More »

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A quick glance at the /Film archives reveals the fourth Mad Max movie, Mad Max: Fury Road, has been in the public eye since early 2009. Four years is a normal amount of time for fans to be aware of a movie’s existence (we sometimes hear about movies before scripts exist, for example) but what makes Fury Road so unique is it was supposed to shoot in 2010, then was delayed to a 2012 shoot, and now it’s 2013. The film’s in the can and there’s still no release date in place. The photo above is all we’ve seen.

While most experts tend to think we’ll see George Miller‘s 3D sequel starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron in 2014, there’s apparently still work to be done. A new report says the director – who shot the film in Africa last year – is heading to Australia in November for three more weeks of filming. Read More »

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This week we spoke with Damon Lindelof about the sequel to Prometheus and, in the conversation, he mentioned that Ridley Scott was finishing The Counselor and had “Child 44 lined up right behind it.” That was an interesting statement, making it sound like Scott was directing the film.

Scott is not directing the film, he’s producing, but it’s a project we haven’t written about much on the site (just Page 2 mentions and one story) so we figured we’d fill you in on the details, even though it’s not exactly breaking news.

Child 44, based on a crime novel by Tom Rob Smith, will be directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House). The film stars Tom Hardy as a Soviet military police officer who becomes the subject of government suspision when investigating a child murder. The supporting cast is stellar too, including Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman and Gary Oldman. Read More »

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Today, Empire ran a great new photo of the original Escape From New York team of director John Carpenter and star Kurt Russell. Along with the pic, Carpenter commented on the potential new reboot of Escape From New York (“they don’t know where they’re going with it”) and Russell opined on the problem with casting a new version of his character Snake Plissken. ”If you’re going to do him, do him young. He’s one of those guys,” Russell says. “When it comes to Snake, I can tell you one thing… he’s American. It’s really important that he’s American.”

Appropriately enough, we’ve now got some potential casting options for the reboot/prequel, and neither is an American actor. Tom Hardy and Jason Statham are the two actors that have been newly rumored as the possible new Plissken in the film Joel Silver is setting up to be the first in a new trilogy. Read More »

Christian Bale is leaping from the rooftops of Gotham to the summit of Mount Everest. The actor is in early negotiations to board Baltasar Kormákur‘s Everest, about the ill-fated 1996 expedition to scale the notorious peak. Disaster struck the climbers in the form of a blizzard, killing eight people over two days and helping to make 1996 the deadliest year ever for Mount Everest. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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When this photo showed up today, no one was quite sure as to whether it really is the first shot of Tom Hardy as the new Max Rockatansky in George Miller‘s Mad Max: Fury Road. But Warner Bros. has confirmed that it is, indeed, a legit pic of Max, and so you can enjoy an advance look at the beaten and dirty new Max well in advance of any likely footage debut. Read More »

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