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]

Warrior, Inception and The Dark Knight Rises actor Tom Hardy just signed a first-look deal with Warner Bros., and now we know what his first producing feature  might be with the studio.

The untitled film sounds like it could be a throwback of sorts: an outlaw biker movie. Those were in fashion for drive-ins decades back, but this won’t be a modern take on the old exploitation idea. Rather, Hardy’s movie is designed as a period film, with the actor playing a Vietnam vet who becomes a gang leader in 1969. Read More »