Steven Knight’s real-time thriller
With his days as Gotham’s reckoning behind him, Tom Hardy his loading his schedule with new movies that don’t require him to take out American Football stadiums. But even with several films now in development, he’s got room for more, adding a starring role in Steven Knight’s Locke to his to-do list.
Knight, who wrote Dirty Pretty Things, Amazing Grace, Eastern Promises and recently turned director for his thriller script Hummingbird, is back in the big folding chair for this one.
Locke finds Hardy as Ivan Locke, a man who finds his seemingly perfect life unravelling during a tension-filled 90-minute race against the clock, which will apparently be shot to take place in real time.
With shooting set to start later this month in London, Knight and backers IM Global are headed to Berlin this week to sell the rights at the European Film Market. And this being a film for sale, there’s naturally a supportive press release to go along with it. “I’m really excited to be working with Tom Hardy on an innovative piece of filmmaking which will exercise his immense talent to the full,” Knight says in a statement picked up by the Hollywood Reporter. We’re just hoping they can make it work more skilfully than Johnny Depp thriller Nick Of Time or Al Pacino dud 88 Minutes.
Hardy has finally finished work on the exhaustive Mad Max: Fury Road shoot and is also scheduled to film Animal Rescue alongside Noomi Rapace. Sounds like Locke will fit in before everything else he has planed…
Source: Empire Online
Daniel Espinosa is directing the Ridley Scott-produced, Soviet Union-set thriller.
Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace are in negotiations to team up to star in Child 44, a Soviet-era thriller being produced by Ridley Scott and Michael Costigan.
Daniel Espinosa is directing the thriller, which is set in the 1950s and follows a member of the Soviet police who, while investigating a series of child murders, finds himself the target of his own government’s suspicions.
Hardy will play the Soviet officer while Rapace will play his wife, who pretends to be doting partner but is concealing many thoughts and feelings.
Richard Price wrote the script adapting the Tom Rob Smith novel.
Hardy (CAA, Sloane Offer, and UK’s United Agents) starred as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises while Rapace (UTA, Magnolia Entertainment) and was the lead in Scott’s giant sci-fi movie Prometheus.
The two will first work together on Fox Searchlight’s drama Animal Rescue, which is due to shoot in March before segueing to Child 44, which is eyeing a start in Budapest towards the end of May.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
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Actress to play female lead opposite Tom Hardy in Michael Roskam drama
Shortly before Christmas, Fox Searchlight offered Noomi Rapace the female lead opposite Tom Hardy in Michael Roskam’s drama “Animal Rescue” and Variety has learned that the “Prometheus” star has accepted the role and closed her deal.
Chernin Entertainment and Mike Larocca are producing the pic, which author Dennis Lehane adapted from his own short story that first appeared in “Boston Noir.”
Production is skedded to begin this spring in New York, where Fox Searchlight is relocating the story rather than film in Massachusetts, where Lehane adaptations “Mystic River,” “Shutter Island” and “Gone Baby Gone” all took place.
Hardy stars as a man looking to reform his criminal ways who gets mixed up in a bad heist and a killing resulting from a lost and contested pit bull. Rapace will play Nadia, a woman with a scar across her entire neck who crosses paths with the protag when he finds a wounded puppy outside her home.
Rapace had been looking for a chance to work with Hardy, as the duo were also considering working together on Scott Free’s long-gestating project “Child 44.”
Rapace, who recently starred in Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” and Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” will next be seen opposite Colin Farrell in “Dead Man Down,” which reteams the original “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” star with helmer Niels Arden Oplev. She also stars opposite Rachel McAdams in Brian De Palma’s thriller “Passion.”
Rapace is repped by UTA and Magnolia Entertainment.
Rapace most recently starred in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus and the Brian DePalma-directed Passion, latter of which made its debut at the New York Film Festival. Hardy’s repped by CAA, Rapace and Roskam by UTA, with Rapace managed by Magnolia Entertainment and Roskam by Anonymous Content.
Rick Fulton reviews the best of the DVDs released this week including Lawless starring Batman baddie Tom Hardy.
LAWLESS (18) ****
BATMAN baddie Tom Hardy stars with Shia LaBeouf as bootleg booze brothers in early 1930s Virginia.
Adapted from Matt Bondurant’s novel The Wettest County In The World, Lawless is a Prohibition-era thriller that pulls few punches in its depiction of the violence meted out by law-makers and law-breakers.
Hardy plays Forrest Bondurant, and his brothers Howard (Jason Clarke) and Jack (LaBeouf) bootleg booze in the mountains of Franklin County.
They run a successful bar and eke out a living by trading moonshine, made at secret distilleries maintained by Jack’s disabled pal Cricket (Dane DeHaan).
The siblings’ business empire threatens to crumble to its foundations when sadistic Special Deputy Charley Rakes (Guy Pearce) arrives from Chicago on a mission to shut down the distilleries at the behest of District Attorney Mason Wardell (Tim Tolin).
As young love blossoms between Jack and preacher’s daughter Bertha Minnix (Mia Wasikowska), Rakes sets about dismantling the brothers’ operation, targeting dancer-turned-waitress Maggie (Jessica Chastain).
Yet, for all its dramatic simplicity, John Hillcoat’s film packs a hefty punch.
Hardy delivers a brooding performance, maintaining his stoic hard-man image
around Chastain’s emotionally battered love interest.
But it’s Pearce who scorches every mud and blood-smeared frame as an obsessive-compulsive bully hiding behind his badge.
Also available to buy on DVD £17.99/Blu-ray £19.99
Source: Daily Record