Tom Hardy & Michael Shannon Taking ‘The Long Red Road’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 17th, 2013 at 11:14 am,

Dark Knight Rises‘ Bane (Tom Hardy) and Man of Steel‘s General Zod (Michael Shannon) are joining forces – but not in a Batman Vs. Superman live-action film, sadly. No, the rising stars are instead headlining The Long Red Road, an adaptation of Brett C. Leonard’s play from the newly-formed Whipsmart.

Hardy appeared in Leonard’s original work when it was staged two years ago at the Goodman Theater in Chicago (under Philip Seymour Hoffman’s direction). Leonard is penning the script for Long Red Road; it remains to be seen if Hoffman likewise has interest in handling helming duties on the project.

Long Red Road tells the tale of Sam (Hardy), a young alcoholic who has retreated to a South Dakota Indian reservation in the hopes of conquering his inner demons. Hardy, as mentioned before, played Sam onstage under Hoffman’s direction in an acclaimed production that featured sets designed by Eugene Lee (who also did stage work for the Broadway musical version of Wicked).

The term “Red Road” refers to the American Indian concept of what is both the right path for someone in their life, but also one very difficult and treacherous to travel. That metaphor comes further into play when Sam’s older brother, Bob (Shannon) enters the picture – as the brotherly duo must resolve the anger and resentment that has built up between them over the years, after Sam was involved in an accident that had terrible consequences for their loved ones.

Hoffman has directed one film to date; coincidentally, it was another stage drama adaptation, titled Jack Goes Boating. The Oscar-winner has a handful of projects competing for his attention right now, and is actively preparing for the small role as Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (which is slated to begin shooting next month). Nonetheless, he could feasibly reunite with Hardy on Long Red Road.

Leonard previously wrote and directed the relatively-obscure 2004 drama Jailbait; he also served as a writer, story editor, and producer on HBO’s Hung. That’s to say, it’s certainly possible Leonard could helm Long Red Road, if he so desires – then again, with a cast topped by Hardy and Shannon, there will surely be other talented parties interested in directing.

We will keep you updated on The Long Red Road as the story develops.


Source: Variety

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  1. I haven’t actually seen Hardy in many (well, any actually) drama movies before so I’m definitely interested in seeing where this might lead…

    • He was great in tinker tailor soldier spy. that being said its not a movie I’d recommend. it is very good bit unbearably slow its work to get through. Acting is top notch the with hardy, cumberbatch, oldman, firth

    • Watching great acting from someone who is so handsome/sexy is pure pleasure, and a rarity as for some mysterious reason character actors just don’t come in a leading man’s body. If you want to see his dramatic work – his performance in ‘The Take’ as a lethal and psychotic (yet charismatic) gangster was breathtaking, even better than Al Pacino in ‘Scarface’. His performance in ‘Bronson’ was a jaw-dropping masterpiece, even if the movie itself is not to everyone’s taste. Then there is a UK movie called ‘Stuart: A Life Backwards’ where he plays a homeless guy with muscular distrophy – just breaks your heart watching him, he is riveting. These are his 3 best performances, showing his incredible range, but he was also rather awesome in some of his scenes in ‘RocknRolla’, ‘Inception’, ‘Wuthering Heights’ and many other roles. The guy is on his way to becoming a legend (which he already is in the UK).

      • Yes his performance in Bronson is phenomenal. pretty weird movie tho. also loved his warrior performance

  2. I’m really interested in seeing shannon. his performance in take shelter was the most engrossing impressive performance that I have seen since heath ledgers joker. I’m interested to see what he does with premium that next week.

  3. *Rush

  4. General Zod and Bane team up?