When he’s not putting on a mask and taking on the Batman, we don’t hear too much about Tom Hardy stateside. That’s unfortunate, because he continues to churn out incredible work. His latest feature film effort, Locke, which opens here on April 25th, was written and directed by Steven Knight. Knight is also the creator of the early 20th century gangster series Peaky Blinders, which just added Hardy in a second season role. See the pattern yet? Well, Knight also provided the pen behind Taboo, an eight-episode drama series for the BBC that has Hardy attached to star. Hit the jump for more on the Taboo miniseries.
Fox Searchlight has released the trailer for the crime drama The Drop. Tom Hardy plays Bob, a former criminal and current bartender working at a bar that serves as a money “drop” for local gangsters. When the bar gets robbed, Bob and his cousin/employer Marv (James Gandolfini) find themselves in the crosshairs of an investigation and the criminal underworld. Directed by Michaël R. Roskam (Bullhead) working from a script by Dennis Lehane (Gone Baby Gone), who adapted his own short story, I have high hopes for this one, not only because of the talent on board, but because it’s Gandolfini’s final film, and I want his filmography to go out on a high note.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Noomi Rapace, Matthias Schoenaerts, John Ortiz, Ann Dowd, and James Frecheville. The Drop opens September 19th.
Screenwriter Sheldon Turner had written a screenplay for a Mount Everest movie set to star Tom Hardy and be directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity). That film was going to center on George Mallory, who tried to scale the mountain, but disappeared during his ascent. However, that movie has fallen apart because Baltasar Kormakur’s Everest is already filming (it’s about a present day group of climbers) and will reach theaters first. Turner, Hardy, and Liman are now reuniting for another project: an adaptation of Ubisoft’s popular video game series, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell. According to Deadline, Turner will write a new draft of the script, and production is gearing up to shoot in August. Turner will then go direct the “modern day Western”, Borderland.
For those unfamiliar with Splinter Cell, the games center on Sam Fisher, a black ops agent who uses stealth to carry out his missions. I’ve personally never played any of the Splinter Cell games because I find stealth games tedious unless they’re from the Batman: Arkham series where Batman pretty much has all the power, and it’s hilarious to watch the bad guys freak out. Hit the jump to check out a trailer for the most recent Splinter Cell game, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist.
The first images from director Michaël R. Roskam’s (Bullhead) crime drama The Drop (formerly titled Animal Rescue) have landed online, offering us a first look at what will sadly be James Gandolfini’s final film. Tom Hardy leads the pic as a former criminal and current bartender working at a place that serves as a money “drop” for local gangsters. Gandolfini plays his cousin, and the story kicks into gear when Hardy’s character rescues a pit bull puppy, only to become the target of the dog’s abusive and mentally unstable former owner. Mystic River and Shutter Island author Dennis Lehane penned the screenplay, and the impressive cast also includes Noomi Rapace and Matthias Schoenaerts.
Hit the jump to check out the debut images. The Drop opens in theaters on September 19th.
The long-in-development Splinter Cell movie now finally has a director. Ubisoft has been working on a feature film adaptation of the video game series for some time, and last year things finally started progressing as screenwriter Eric Singer (The International) was tapped to pen the script and Tom Hardy became attached to star. The property is ripe for a movie adaptation, as the video game series follows the adventures of a covert operative named Sam Fisher. Now Ubisoft and New Regency have found their director to bring the idea to fruition in The Bourne Identity helmer Doug Liman. Hit the jump for more.
A24 Films has released the U.S. trailer for writer/director Steven Knight’s thriller Locke. The film stars Tom Hardy as Ivan Locke, a man driving to London in the middle of the night to take responsibility for a mistake he made, and as a consequence, trying to handle the personal and professional reverberations of his decision. All of the action of the film takes place within the confines of the car during Locke’s drive, which is quite a tricky conceit to keep compelling for the length of a feature film. By all accounts, though, Knight has succeeded, as Matt called the film “surprisingly captivating” in his review. This trailer showcases the immense amount of pressure that Locke is under as well as Hardy’s intense performance, and it certainly looks to be engaging stuff.
Hit the jump to check out the new trailer, images, and poster. Locke opens on April 25th.
Lionsgate has released a new trailer and poster for Steven Knight‘s real-time drama Locke. The film stars Tom Hardy as Ivan Locke, a man driving to London in the middle of the night to take responsibility for a mistake he made, and as a consequence, trying to handle the personal and professional reverberations of his decision. He does all of this over the phone while he’s driving in his car. I really liked the film when I saw it at Sundance last month, and while this trailer makes the movie look more like a thriller, it’s more “nail-biting” in the sense of personal stakes rather than some paranoid fear of violence. However, I’m glad that this trailer doesn’t really give anything away.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster. The film also features the voices of Ruth Wilson, Andrew Scott, Tom Holland, Ben Daniels, Bill Milner, and Olivia Colman. Locke opens in the U.K. on April 18th.
Last year, Johnny Depp was attached to star in Black Mass, a biopic about the notorious gangster Whitey Bulger. However, Depp dropped out because he reportedly wouldn’t reduce his salary, and the project went into stasis although Barry Levinson remained in the director’s chair and Joel Edgerton was still on board to co-star as John Connolly, an FBI agent and childhood pal of Bulger. That combination ultimately fell apart, but last month Out of the Furnace director Scott Cooper signed on, and Depp started circling the project again. Today, Deadline confirms that Depp has returned to play Bulger, and now talks are underway with Tom Hardy to play Connolly.
Hit the jump for more. The script is by Mark Mallouk, who adapted the 2001 Dick Lehr/Gerald O’Neill New York Times bestseller Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between The FBI and The Irish Mob. Production begins in May.
2010′s The Trip didn’t do much for me, although I love the scene where Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon try to find out who can do the better Michael Caine impression. The sequel, The Trip to Italy, premiered at Sundance this past week, and IFC Films have released a clip where Coogan and Brydon have resumed impersonating the venerable Mr. Caine. They also use this as an opportunity to poke fun at The Dark Knight Rises and expand their repertoire to impressions of Christian Bale and Tom Hardy. It’s quite amusing.
Hit the jump to check out the clip.
When a film is executed under a series of conditions, it can feel like an exercise. It can come off like a director running a test rather than telling a story. But we also know that restrictions can spur creativity and yield unexpected results. Steven Knight’s Locke sets its conditions: a story told in real time where the protagonist is stuck behind the wheel of a constantly moving car, he’s the only character on screen, and he only talks to other characters over the phone. Under these conditions, Knight and star Tom Hardy have created a surprisingly captivating picture where adultery and concrete maintenance carry the same dramatic weight.
Summit Entertainment has released a collection of new and first-look images from its 2014 slate. Briefly:
- Draft Day – Director Ivan Reitman’s dramedy takes place over the course of one day, centering on a general manager (Kevin Costner) who juggles his options with a number one draft pick. The film opens April 11, 2014.
- Child 44 – Director Daniel Espinosa’s (Safe House) adaptation of the Tom Rob Smith novel stars Tom Hardy as a 1950s Soviet military policeman. The film also stars Gary Oldman and Noomi Rapace and opens next fall.
- Step Up: All In – The fifth entry in the dance franchise takes the series to Las Vegas. The film opens July 25, 2014.
- Divergent – The YA adaptation takes place in a dystopian future in which people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities. The film stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet and opens March 21, 2014.
- The Legend of Hercules – This new spin on the Hercules tale stars Kellan Lutz as the titular demigod and opens January 10, 2014.
Hit the jump to check out images from the aforementioned films.
We’ve got a pair of images from the following films:
- Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) poses alongside Elton John in promotion of the upcoming biopic on the legendary musician, Rocketman. John will re-record some of his hits in order to parallel the film’s emotional beats. Production looks to begin next fall.
- Salma Hayek (Savages) in a first-look image for Joe Lynch’s action thriller Everly, which just wrapped principal photography in Belgrade, Serbia.
Hit the jump to check out the images.
When last we reported on the the Elton John biopic, Rocketman, Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) was circling the lead. We can now confirm Hardy will star as the musical legend in the Rocket Pictures and Focus Features film. Rocketman is scheduled to shoot in 2014 and will feature new recordings from Elton John himself that will accompany the emotional dynamics of the story that follows John from child prodigy to superstar. Written by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot), Rocketman will be directed by Michael Gracey.
Check out all the details after the jump.
Take note, filmmakers: if you don’t want paparazzi and amateur photogs snagging set photos, send them out yourselves. We’ve rounded up some new images from across the social media landscape to bring to you today in one place, incuding:
- Mad Max: Fury Road – A new, cleaned-up image of Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky. Also starring Nicholas Hoult, Charlize Theron, Mel Gibson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Zoë Kravitz, and Riley Keough, George Miller’s newest Mad Max film opens in 2014.
- X-Men: Days of Future Past – A viral image from the film’s Twitter account featuring a brief shot of what we presume to be a Sentinel from Trask Industries. Bryan Singer’s X-Men Days of Future Past, starring James McAvoy, Hugh Jackman, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, Peter Dinklage, Shawn Ashmore, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Omar Sy, and Halle Berry, opens in 3D on May 23, 2014.
- In the Heart of the Sea – Ron Howard’s adaptation of Nathaniel Philbrick’s novel about the whaling ship, Essex, that inspired Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, Tom Holland, and Brendan Gleeson.
- Fury – David Ayer’s World War II thriller starring Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf, Jon Bernthal, Scott Eastwood and Michael Peña opens November 14, 2014.
Hit the jump to see the new images.
While there are plenty of exciting films opening over the next few months, one highly anticipated pic that’s already in the can is conspicuously absent. After years of starts and stops—including a massive yearlong postponement due to torrential rains in the planned filming location—director George Miller’s long-promised Mad Max: Fury Road finally underwent principal photography in the summer of 2012. However, in the ensuing time we have yet to see even an official image from the pic. While some were hopeful that Miller would complete Fury Road in time to make a surprise late 2013 release, it became clear that that would not be the case.
Now we may have a bit of a reason for the delay, as Miller is poised to go back and do three weeks of additional shooting on the pic with his main cast. Hit the jump for more.