Tom Hardy to play Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton

British actor cast in tale of polar expedition leader who led his crew to safety when their ship was destroyed by ice.

Tom Hardy is set to star in a new film about Ernest Shackleton, the polar explorer famous for his remarkable escape from the Antarctic continent with all his crew despite losing his ship when it was crushed by ice.

Deadline reports that the movie, the filming of which presents many logistical problems, has received financing and appointed a scriptwriter.

The story of the ill-fated journey of the Endurance has been told on screen before, most famously by Kenneth Branagh in a TV film for Channel 4 in a production the Guardian described as “inadvertently hilarious”.

In 1914, two years after Roald Amundsen had become the first person to reach the south pole, Shackleton led an expedition attempting to cross the continent. However, early on in the voyage the party’s ship, the Endurance, became trapped in an ice floe.

The crew waited for nine months, hoping that when spring came the boat would be freed, but it became clear that it had suffered too much damage and they were forced to abandon it.

Then followed two dangerous sea journeys in the lifeboats rescued from the Endurance, first to the barren Elephant Island and then, leaving most of his men behind, the journey of 720 nautical miles to South Georgia.

Against the odds, Shackleton and his team made the journey successfully and were able to send help to rescue the rest of the men still trapped in Antarctica. Astonishingly, the entire crew of the Endurance survived and were welcomed back as heroes.

No release date has yet been set for the film, which will be produced by StudioCanal.

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Tom Hardy To Play Al Capone In New Movie ‘Fonzo’ From Josh Trank

Tom Hardy is attached to play all-time American gangster Al Capone in Fonzo, a new project written and to be directed by Josh Trank. Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder of Addictive Pictures and Lawrence Bender are producing the pic, which centers on Capone in the final days of his life. The real-life Capone died in 1947 at age 48.

CAA and WME Global are repping U.S. rights and Bloom is selling international at the upcoming American Film Market.

The pic, now in prepoduction centers on Alfonse Capone, the ruthless businessman and bootlegger who ruled Chicago with an iron fist before being famously taken down by Eliot Ness. After nearly a decade of imprisonment, dementia rots his mind and his past becomes present as harrowing memories of his violent and brutal origins melt into his waking life.

Trank most recently directed Fantastic Four at Fox after scoring with his debut feature Chronicle. Hardy is next up in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk and Taboo, the FX/BBC One eight-part series produced by Ridley Scott due in 2017.

Trank is repped by WME, Management 360 and attorney Mitch Smelkinson. Hardy is with CAA and United Agents in the UK.

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Tom Hardy looks like a total bad-ass in a moody trailer for his new TV series Taboo

A new teaser for FX and BBC’s gritty new period drama Taboo has given us Tom Hardy at his bad-ass best.

Sporting some rather fetching tribal tattoos and swearing to do “very foolish things”, Hardy’s role as vengeful James Delaney looks just as dark as we promised it’d be.

Taboo follows Delaney, a traveller long thought dead who returns to 1814 London after ten years in Africa, burdened with his father’s mysterious legacy.

His obscure family history comes to the fore when he clashes with the all-powerful East India Company over control of his family’s shipping business.

Hardy, along with his father Chips, came up with the screenplay and original idea behind Taboo, which is to be produced by Ridley Scott and Peaky Blinders and Locke’s Steven Knight.

This Is England’s Stephen Graham recently jumped on board the new series, calling it the “antidote” to Downton Abbey.

“There’s no lords or people making tea, it’s gritty and heavy. It’s a fantastic piece and a pleasure to be a part of it,” he told Digital Spy. “It was really good and I’m really pleased with what I’ve seen.”

Graham is playing the role of an Artful Dodger type, who “can kill a man… if the money’s right”. Sounds ominous.

The eight-episode Taboo boasts an all-star cast, also including Jonathan Pryce, Oona Chaplin, David Hayman, Jessie Buckley, Ashley Walters and Jefferson Hall.

Although no official release date has been confirmed, Taboo is expected to premiere on both sides of the Atlantic some time soon.

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Tom Hardy will return to Peaky Blinders for series 3

Tom Hardy is returning to Peaky Blinders for its third series.

Series creator Steven Knight has confirmed that the Mad Max: Fury Road star will be back as the imposing Alfie Solomons.

“Yes, Tom is coming back,” Knight told Deadline.

He also hinted that more big-name guest stars could sign up to appear in the next series, adding: “We have new big roles that are written and have enormous interest from really good people. We’re hoping to land some good names.

“The response from everyone and people in the business has been unbelievably good, so we’re in a good place for approaching people who wouldn’t normally do this sort of thing.”

The next series of Peaky Blinders will begin shooting on September 10 – with Knight again voicing his ambition to follow Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy) til the eve of World War II.

“It’s a longshot, but the ambition is, I would love to end the final episode of the final series with the first air raid fire of the Second World War,” he explained.

“We’ve been going in two-year jumps [between series], so that would be about 10 series. We may have to start making bigger jumps to get to that point. But I’ll let the story lead [and do] what feels natural.”

Watch Cillian Murphy and Helen McCrory talk Peaky Blinders and working with Tom Hardy:

Source: Digital Spy

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