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Tom Hardy

He’d be competing with Craig over the title of “Most Prominent Ears,” but they’d be hard to notice when attached to the kind of mug Tom Hardy has. Inception introduced him to a wider audience as a suave hunk, but he’s also been able to show off his feral side as a scrappy fighter in Warrior, and an overbearing hulk in The Dark Knight Rises. An applicant out of the bruiser academy, Hardy’s intimidating stature and smooth style would lend themselves to the role of a Bond villain as easily as the man himself. While he may have already played an agent of MI6 in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, John le Carré’s vision of espionage is a far cry from Ian Fleming’s, so Hardy might be even better once some theatricality is thrown into the mix. He’s got the range to play Bond as sexy and sensitive, grim and grizzled, or even a bit of both, depending on who he’s trying to woo, and who he’s trying to wound. Just don’t expect to see the 10 years sober beefcake pitching vodka brands anytime soon. Continue reading on the next page...

Henry Cavill

When Martin Campbell was originally trying to find someone to replace Pierce Brosnan, he almost picked future Superman Henry Cavill, but decided the then 22 year-old actor was too boyish for the part. Back in 2006, he would have beaten George Lazenby’s record for being the youngest actor to play Bond by a good eight years, but with some time still left on Craig’s lease, Cavill will be at a much more appropriate age once the reins are passed onto someone else. While most press photos of Cavill have him looking no older than the clean-shaven young gun Campbell was interested in years ago, early Man of Steel footage of a thick-bearded Clark Kent makes it clear that there’s a reason why the movie isn’t called Boy of Steel. If Cavill is looking to trade franchise horses, he could drop the muscle mass and continue Craig’s more metrosexual twist on the character, or keep the bulk, and make a mountain man out of Bond. Continue reading on the next page...

Idris Elba

How do you fill the shoes of a Bond known for being a brutal rough and tumble? By getting a guy with bigger feet, bigger hands, bigger everything. Craig actually ranks as the shortest Bond ever, but even his predecessors pale in comparison to Idris Elba’s 6’2”, 215lbs frame. Of course, he’s got the facial features that make audiences quiver at the mere twitch of an eyebrow, but Elba’s physicality would extend the recent trend of Bond preferring to pack a punch, rather than a pistol. Series producer Barbara Broccoli has reportedly already met with Elba concerning the future of 007, and while we don’t know what came out of that meeting, it's good to know that the guiding hand in the franchises’ direction doesn’t see a problem in the next Bond being black. People got over the fact that Craig was blonde as Ursula Andress once they saw how good he was in the role, and it goes to show that the Bond identity has more to do with affects and attitude than a single consistent look. Continue reading on the next page...

Damian Lewis

If you thought people were resistant to a Bond that looked like an Aryan poster boy, imagine the outcry if MI6’s best agent was ginger. Worse yet, most people would mistake him for an American, having mastered the accent over his tenure in shows like Band of Brothers and Homeland (the latter of which already has him working on his spycraft). Underneath the strawberry mop though, is a venerated actor’s actor who can brood and smolder with the best of them. Lewis would make up for his smaller size by being a fresher face for the franchise, but one no less intense. His softer features stand in contrast to the often haunted man wearing them, something that could be an asset, given the increased interest recent Bond films have had in the psychology of a man who drinks, screws and kills his way through life. And since his wife Helen McCrory was just in Skyfall, he can cross “getting with a Bond girl” off the to-do list of role preparation. Continue reading on the next page...

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Okay, so an American playing Bond is pretty much sacrilege, but bare in mind, we’re living in an age where M’s a woman, Q looks like a member of One Direction, and Bond can make a non-hetero joke about his sexuality. Considering that the role has been played by an Australian, an Irishman and, originally, a Scot, is it that much of a stretch to see the title transfer across the Atlantic? That’s not to say he’d be shaking beer cans instead of martinis, and getting his Dodge pickup outfitted with an ejecting seat; you’d just need the right Yank to be a part of her majesty’s secret service. Joseph Gordon-Levitt has already proven he knows how to look good in a suit, and the guy is catnip for the fairer sex, so the only real hurdle left would be in mastering the accent. Sure, right now he looks a bit more like Jimmy Bond than James, but half the fun of a new Bond could be watching him go from an unfledged rookie, to the expert agent that we all know and love. Continue reading on the next page...

Daniel Day-Lewis

Yes, he’ll be pushing 60 before ever even auditioning for the part, and becoming the face of a multi-billion dollar blockbuster series is the last thing an actor as reclusive as Day-Lewis would do, but this would be more groundbreaking for society than cinema. Think about it: in addition to being pretty much the greatest actor of his generation, Daniel Day-Lewis has a frightening commitment to his craft, spending most of the filming of The Last of the Mohicans living in the woods, and only eating food he acquired himself by hunting it. So imagine this scenario: getting into character, Daniel Day-Lewis decides to try out being a spy for real. Now, taking into account that the man is a human chameleon with two Oscars, and espionage is basically dependent on how good a pretender you are, in all likelihood, he’d have his hands on every covert blacklist and nuclear launch code the world over, in about a week. Think of what he could do with all the world’s secrets at his fingertips? Come to think of it, that actually makes him sound more like a Bond villain, so we’d have to wait and see what he does with unlimited power before getting him into casting. What do you think? Who should play James Bond after Daniel Craig is done?" ["post_title"]=> string(34) "Who Should Be The Next James Bond?" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(542) "Considering he spent the weekend adding $85 million to an international box office haul worth over $400 million, and that his latest adventure did so after barely making it out of the financial ruins of MGM’s bankruptcy, it’s pretty great to be James Bond right now. Thanks to the inspired choice of Sam Mendes as director, a deliciously menacing turn by Javier Bardem, and a uniquely introspective take on the character from A-list scribe John Logan, Skyfall is already making a name for itself as one of the best Bond films of all time." ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(15) "next-james-bond" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(145) "http://wegotthiscovered.com/movies/skyfall-dominates-weekend-box-office/ http://wegotthiscovered.com/movies/skyfall-dominates-weekend-box-office/" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2014-05-11 22:50:09" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2014-05-12 03:50:09" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(37) "http://wegotthiscovered.com/?p=203003" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "8" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [4]=> object(WP_Post)#351 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(203863) ["post_author"]=> string(3) "242" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2012-11-14 17:04:14" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2012-11-14 22:04:14" ["post_content"]=> string(2742) " Earlier today Collider reported that Eric Singer was being brought on to pen the film adaptation of Tom Clancy's Spliter Cell video games. Now, Variety brings news that Tom Hardy will star in the upcoming film. For those who don't know, Splinter Cell is a popular video game franchise based on Tom Clancy novels. Hardy will play highly-trained special operative named Sam Fisher in what should be yet another role that the young actor can thrive in. A strong, silent character such as Fisher is perfect for an actor who's shown he's at his best when his character is required to convey thoughts and emotion without extensive lines (see Warrior). Check out the statement from Jean-Julien Baronnet, CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures.
"Tom Hardy is currently one of the biggest talents in the film industry, and he has a phenomenal ability to take on complex and varied roles with his broad range of acting skills. His involvement in the 'Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell' movie is exciting news for movie and video game fans alike. Meanwhile, Eric Singer is one of the most talented writers of the moment, and ... we're confident he'll bring a fresh approach and create a thrilling story ... while still respecting all the codes and traditions of the franchise that are so important to fans."
Six Splinter Cell games have been released so far on consoles, with another one, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, coming in the spring. This will be Ubisoft's second video game film currently in production, as Michael Fassbender is set to co-produce and star in an Assassin's Creed film. Between Fassbender and Hardy, I think the Ubisoft has a pretty good chance of seeing their games turned into very successful films. What do you think about a Splinter Cell film and Tom Hardy as the star? Will this, along with the Assassin's Creed film break the trend of poor video game adaptations? Can a film based on a videogame actually turn out to be good? Share your thoughts in the comments section below and let us know." ["post_title"]=> string(39) "Tom Hardy To Star In Splinter Cell Film" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(202) "Earlier today Collider reported Eric Singer was being brought on to pen the film adaptation of Tom Clancy's Spliter Cell video games. Now, Variety brings news that Tom Hardy will star in the film." 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Of course, Yates is most well known for his work on the Harry Potter franchise and obviously, that's the reason that Warner Bros. wants him on Tarzan. The man made them a ton of money with his Harry Potter films, so it would make sense that they'd want him in the driver's seat for another big franchise. Furthermore, Yates has already started taking meetings with various actors who he has his eye on for the lead role. Right now, Tom Hardy is said to be the frontrunner but the director has also been talking with Henry Cavill, Charlie Hunnam and Alexander Skarsgard. Not a bad batch of talent if you ask me. It's nice to see everything coming together on this one as Warner Bros. has been trying to get Tarzan off the ground for a while now. For those who don't know, there's actually two projects currently in development based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’s character, this one, that once had Craig Brewer attached and then there's also a motion cap version brewing about that stars Kellan Lutz. Of course, it's important to keep in mind that the last time one of Edgar Rice Burroughs’s characters made it to the big screen, it resulted in John Carter, which was an absolute disaster. Hopefully Tarzan will fare better as I do think that it would make for a great franchise for the studio. That being said, it's still far too early to tell how this project will do. Sure, Yates is a capable director but so was Andrew Stanton, and we all know what a mess he made of John Carter. So, as of now, we'll have to wait and see. But, if the director can snag someone like Tom Hardy for the lead role, then we may be in for a treat. What do you think? Are audiences ready for a live action Tarzan film?" ["post_title"]=> string(59) "David Yates To Take On Tarzan, Tom Hardy Eyed For Lead Role" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(452) "Warner Brothers' live action Tarzan has been in development for a while now and today, the studio has snagged David Yates for the director's chair. Of course, Yates is most well known for his work on the Harry Potter franchise and obviously, that's the reason that Warner Bros. wants him on Tarzan. The man made them a ton of money with his Harry Potter films, so it would make sense that they'd want him in the driver's seat for another big franchise." ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(43) "david-yates-tarzan-tom-hardy-eyed-lead-role" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(74) " http://wegotthiscovered.com/movies/kellan-lutz-tarzan-spencer-locke-jane/" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2012-11-07 13:12:47" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2012-11-07 18:12:47" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(37) "http://wegotthiscovered.com/?p=198872" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [6]=> object(WP_Post)#354 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(186132) ["post_author"]=> string(3) "242" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2012-10-17 09:25:52" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2012-10-17 14:25:52" ["post_content"]=> string(2528) " It appears Tom Hardy has quite a passion for bringing to light the horrors of animal trafficking. Earlier this summer we heard news of an anti-poaching film developed by Hardy, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Tobey Maguire in the style of Traffic. Well, we now have news that Hardy is behind another similar film with Up In The Air‘s Sheldon Turner already working on the screenplay. According to Deadline, this second film would star Hardy as a “former special forces soldier who signs on with a friend to work in the bush, training rangers to fight off the poachers decimating the rhino and elephant populations in Zimbabwe. The soldier falls in love with the land, and the animals he is trying to save.” This film sounds much more straight-forward than the first, and Hardy reportedly was behind the idea as he found it to be an inspirational story to tell. However, the first film isn't dead. Warner Bros. is moving forward with the project, and although there is no writer attached, the trio of Hardy, DiCaprio, and Maguire are all eying roles in the film. At this point I'm willing to see Tom Hardy in just about anything, and if he feels passionately about these films, then chances are they'll end up being pretty good. That being said, the major problem here is I just can't see Warner cranking out two films that are so similar, especially with one of the lead actors being the same. Odds are, one of the films will be stalled long before production, and if I had my choice I'd say Warner should ax the second film. As much as I'd like to see Hardy in the solo leading role, a film with him, DiCaprio, and Maguire has the potential to be incredible. That being said, the film is going nowhere without a writer, and Sheldon Turner has proved he can pen a meaningful script. We'll have more updates on these projects as we hear them. Which film would you rather see Tom Hardy star in? Share your thoughts in the comments section below." ["post_title"]=> string(45) "Tom Hardy Planning Another Anti-Poaching Film" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(376) "It appears Tom Hardy has quite a passion for bringing to light the horrors of animal trafficking. Earlier this summer we heard news of an anti-poaching film developed by Hardy, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Tobey Maguire in the style of Traffic. Well, we now have news that Hardy is behind another similar film with Up In The Air‘s Sheldon Turner already working on the screenplay." 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Entertainment Weekly initially broke the story, revealing details on certain bonus features and unveiling the limited edition 'Bat Cowl' collectible packaging. The limited edition comes with a replica of Batman's cowl, broken from the violent brawl with Bane, which should make for a neat collectible: Warner Home Video later issued a full press release (via IGN) further detailing the content of The Dark Knight Rises' Blu-Ray release. The film will be presented in 1080p High-Definition with 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. We can assume that the aspect ratio will shift to reflect the differences between IMAX and 35mm photography, just like The Dark Knight Blu-Ray, thanks to Warner's statement that they have created "a marriage of IMAX and 35mm formats by using the hybrid master to replicate the unique theatrical experience of integrated film formats." The release also specifies the full list of Bonus Features:
It looks like a nice, hearty collection of material, certainly more substantive than anything found on the Batman Begins or Dark Knight home video releases. Still no Audio Commentary from Christopher Nolan - I would love to hear one from him some day - but this seems good enough for now.
In addition to standard Combo Pack and Collector's Edition releases, The Dark Knight Rises will also be available in the three-film Dark Knight Trilogy Limited Edition Gift-Set, also available December 4th. It will feature a "collectable book that delves into the production of all three titles." IGN also notes that Warner has promised an additional set, The Dark Knight Trilogy Ultimate Collector's Edition, for release sometime in 2013. For now, Warner has set SRP for the first Trilogy Giftset at $52.99, the standard Dark Knight Rises Blu-ray combo pack at $35.99, the Limited Edition Bat Cowl set at $39.99, and the standalone DVD at $28.98. Which of these myriad of versions are you most interested in? Will be you buying The Dark Knight Rises on its own, as part of a set, or not at all? Sound off in the comments!
Here's a look at the Combo Pack artwork:
" ["post_title"]=> string(46) "The Dark Knight Rises Blu-Ray Details Revealed" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(193) "After much speculation, Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises has officially been announced for release on DVD, Blu-Ray, and Digital Download on December 4th, just in time for the holidays." 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The film, aptly titled Everest, will be directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) after he has finished work on the upcoming Tom Cruise movie All You Need Is Kill. Screenwriter Sheldon Turner (Up In The Air) adapted the story from the book Paths Of Glory, Everest by Jeffrey Archer. Currently, Tom Hardy is starring as the title character in the George Miller-directed Mad Max: Fury Road. The actor had a big summer this year though, starring in the gangster movie Lawless and playing Batman-villain Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. Of course, unlike Bane, mountain-climber George Mallory was a real-life person whose appearance never prompted people to ask "how does he eat with that thing on his face?" Mallory's ultimately unrealized dream of being the first person to climb Mount Everest put him in competition with Australian climber George Finch (who was, interestingly enough, the grandfather of the late Oscar-winning actor Peter Finch). Director Liman is apparently himself a climbing enthusiast, and is consequently drawn to Finch's story and touching attempt at glory. What do you think of this news? Do you want to see Tom Hardy play Mallory? Let us know in the comments below." ["post_title"]=> string(56) "Tom Hardy Cast As George Mallory In Doug Liman's Everest" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(180) "Deadline reports that British actor Tom Hardy is in talks to play George Mallory, the climber who made three attempts in the 1920s to become the first man to scale Mount Everest. " ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(49) "tom-hardy-cast-george-mallory-doug-limans-everest" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2012-09-24 21:27:29" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2012-09-25 02:27:29" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(37) "http://wegotthiscovered.com/?p=178180" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [9]=> object(WP_Post)#357 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(169208) ["post_author"]=> string(3) "216" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2012-08-29 00:03:15" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2012-08-29 05:03:15" ["post_content"]=> string(8608) " John Hillcoat’s Lawless may be the most frustrating, useless film about prohibition ever made. There is a rich, longstanding tradition in American cinema to tell stories set in the 1920s, as the elements that defined the decade – the rise of organized crime, startling legal corruption, increasing economic hardships for the middle and lower classes, etc. – are inherently fascinating and relevant to American viewers. But at this point, the prohibition fiasco has been discussed, analyzed, and dramatized to such an excessive degree that a new work on the subject must be truly special to stand out from the crowd. Lawless has absolutely nothing new to offer this gangster sub-genre, relying almost entirely on worn-out clichés, character types, and plot points, yet it has the audacity to pretend its content is revelatory. There is a smug, self-satisfied sense to the whole affair, from the opening moments when star Shia LaBeouf treats us to a simplistic, pandering voice-over lecture on what the decade was all about, right up to the final scene when the film thinks it can get away with a moronically sappy, entirely unearned happy ending. The film tells the true story of the Bondurant brothers, a trio of bootleggers in Franklin County, Virginia. They have a monopoly on the territory until a corrupt law officer decides he wants in on the profits, sparking a brutal turf war that simultaneously expands the brothers’ business while jeopardizing their sound footing. The first and most pervasive problem is Hillcoat’s overemphasis of mise-en-scene. Lawless is set in the American south, and Hillcoat never wants us to forget, even for a second, just how thoroughly southern these characters and their world are. Every accent is cartoonishly overblown, the dialogue is exclusively comprised of exaggerated, cliché ridden southern phrasing, and the music is a constant assault of square-dancing fiddles and banjos. I am convinced no one involved in the film’s production has ever visited the American south, and have instead overcompensated wildly by studying and replicating how other films depict the location. Nothing about Lawless’ portrayal of the south feels organic, let alone insightful. The overbearing efforts to illustrate the story’s landscape are a constant distraction, an omnipresent reminder that this is all a fake and calculated construction. And if making sure the audience never forgets the setting is paramount to the film’s construction, why on earth are none of the actors southern? Hillcoat has chosen to favor prestige over authenticity, and though the cast he has assembled is a legitimately impressive group of actors, none of them can believably don a southern accent. Some cast members are British, others are Australian, and a few hail from California, but none are equipped to organically adapt their voices to what the roles demand. It hampers each and every performance, even those that seem like they might, under other circumstances, be interesting. Tom Hardy, for instance, does great, quietly forceful work as elder brother Forrest, but to mask his thick English accent, his voice must go so deep and gravely that it is often difficult to make out his dialogue. Shia LaBeouf shows a lot of promise in his part, but his hammy approximation of an accent would barely be fit for sketch comedy, let alone a cinematic drama. Guy Pearce fares worst of all, so crippled by his awful Chicago drawl that he is forced to exhibit all sorts of awkward physical mannerisms to match the strained and pitchy voice. I bear none of these performers ill will, but they were clearly cast for the wrong reasons, and the limitations the film’s style imposes on them further removes the experience from whatever level of reality it tries achieving. Mia Wasikowska and Jessica Chastain fare a little better, if only because they are allowed to don subtle, quiet accents that don’t get in the way of performing. Then again, their parts are one-dimensional at best, and Chastain in particular is so painfully underused that I actually felt a bit insulted on her behalf. Her character has no depth to speak of; she simply shows up out of the blue, starts bartending for the Bondurants, and is made to stand around looking pretty for the majority of the film’s run-time. It’s not just a waste of Chastain’s exceptional talents, but also renders the brutality that befalls her character an empty moment of shock-value violence. Because we know so little about her character, and because the film never meaningfully follows up on what a horrible thing she goes through, the moment feels exploitative, dirty and thoughtless and thoroughly unnecessary in a film that has no interest in exploring feminine issues. Then again, I’m fairly disturbed by the film’s attitude towards violence from start to finish. This is a spectacularly brutal film, with long sequences of hand-to-hand beatings and shocking amounts of bloodshed. That’s a standard trait of the gangster drama, of course, but quality films that depict such cruelty do so to prove a moral or ethical point. Lawless does the opposite. It celebrates and revels in violence, portraying it as both a weapon of the enemy and a tool for the protagonists to exploit. The Bondurant brothers are able to solve all their major problems through a good shooting or throat punching, and ultimately earn a happy ending after bravely inciting a climactic shootout with law enforcement. I do not see the value in sending such a message. Based on their actions, the Bondurants are not heroes. They are criminals, murderers whose illicit activities have created an inescapable atmosphere of violence in Franklin County. Corruption in local law enforcement does not give the Bondurants license to do whatever they please, and yet Lawless acts as if the brothers are noble populist warriors because they aren’t the only ones doing bad things. It is a baffling perspective to take. Think about the works of Martin Scorsese, or any other notable director of gangster films; what makes their work interesting is that they position bad men as protagonists, and analyze morality, or lack thereof, in a flawed, indecent world. To study gangsters is a complex proposition, but Lawless’ approach is simple, asinine, and unbelievably frustrating. Hillcoat is a talented enough director to create real tension every so often, and I found myself enjoying certain moments on a visceral level, but on the whole, Lawless is a failure. It is a difficult and infuriating movie to sit through, one that does not reward the audience’s patience with anything of substance. This is prestige filmmaking at its most tin-eared and self-important, a useless movie that is not worth anyone’s time. " ["post_title"]=> string(14) "Lawless Review" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(278) "Lawless is a failure. It is a difficult and infuriating movie to sit through, one that does not reward the audience’s patience with anything of substance. This is prestige filmmaking at its most tin-eared and self-important, a useless movie that is not worth anyone’s time. 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Courtesy of Hit Fix we now have a full poster that not only uses the same LaBeouf image, but also adds Tom Hardy and Jessica Chastain into the mix. The poster doesn't really give us any new information about the prohibition drama, but it certainly looks cool. The slogan "When The Law Became Corrupt, Outlaws Became Heroes" adorns the top of the poster, further building the gritty tone of the trailers and the images we've seen. Hardy looks absolutely menacing, though after his performance as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, it may be hard to see him as anything other than intimidating for quite some time. His character's girlfriend will be played by the lovely Jessica Chastain, who rounds out the trio featured on the poster. With less than one month until release, Lawless is shaping up to be a major awards contender. It has one of the most exciting casts we've seen this year with Jason Clarke, Guy Pearce, Mia Wasikowska, Gary Oldman, and Dane DeHaan starring alongside the three leads. 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It's been some time since we've heard any news regarding Mad Max: Fury Road. The fourth film in writer/director George Miller's Mad Max franchise has been in development-limbo for years and has finally finished production after a six-month film shoot in Namibia and South Africa. Now, thanks to a photo that's made its way onto Tumblr, we have our first look at The Dark Knight Rises actor Tom Hardy in the title role and you can check it out below.

In Mad Max: Fury Road, Max Rockatansky AKA Mad Max (played by Tom Hardy who replaces former franchise-star Mel Gibson) becomes involved with a group of people feeling across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by the Imperator Furiosa (played by the beautiful Charlize Theron). According to Miller, it will be an account of the Road War which follows and is based on 'the Word Burgers of the History Men and eyewitness accounts of those who survived'.

Rounding out the cast are Nicholas Hoult (from the upcoming Jack the Giant Slayer), Transformers: Dark of the Moon star Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Zoe Kravitz, Nathan Jones, and Hugh Keays-Byrne. The film currently has no concrete release date, but considering the amount of delays that have already plagued the production, I wouldn't expect to see it in theaters any time before 2014.

In the image, which is obviously not an official one, Hardy looks to be channeling much of Mel Gibson's ruggedness of the previous films as he walks across the Wasteland. I've become a big fan of Hardy's over the years, slightly due to the fact that I'm a lover of all things Star Trek, and he's come a long way since playing the villainous Shinzon in 2002's Star Trek: Nemesis.

While I'm a bit concerned that the overall quality of the film will be affected by the numerous delays it's been forced to endure (filming began more than eighteen months later than scheduled), I'm still really excited for this. It's been twenty-eight years since Mad Max graced the big screen and Mad Max: Fury Road has been a long time coming.

How do you think Hardy looks in the title role? Let us know in the comments below.

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