Tom Hardy Replacing Sam Worthington In ‘This Means War’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 1:45 pm,

Inception production still 1 Tom Hardy Replacing Sam Worthington In This Means War

The action/comedy This Means War has been in the works for a long time now, as far back as 2001. The plot centers on two spies who were friends but go to war with one another when they both fall in love with the same woman.

The project has had Reese Witherspoon attached to star for awhile and Chris Pine (Star Trek) attached himself to one of the lead spy roles a few months ago. The other role was at one point set to be played by Bradley Cooper before he dropped out due to scheduling conflicts and then it was announced that Sam Worthington had stepped into the role. But now we’re hearing word that Worthington’s been replaced by Brit actor Tom Hardy (Inception).

Vulture first reported the news of Hardy replacing Worthington but Variety has now confirmed it. You shouldn’t take this as a sign of trouble between Worthington and This Means War director McG, as at the time of the Aussie actor’s attachment to the project it was said that he would, “sit on the project for awhile and eventually wander off.”

Considering the amount of projects Worthington has on the horizon, it’s no surprise that something like This Means War isn’t at the top of his priority list. The question now is if Hardy is the right man to replace him. We all know he can play darkly funny (see his masterful performance in Bronson) as well as charismatically sarcastic and dry witty (see Inception).

Tom Hardy as Charles Bronson Tom Hardy Replacing Sam Worthington In This Means War

Tom Hardy as Charles 'Bronson'

However, This Means War strikes me as a broader action/comedy in the vein of Knight and Day. Those two films also share the characteristics of having big name stars fill the main roles and being directed by guys who have ample experience with action (3:10 To Yuma director James Mangold did Knight and Day). We can only hope This Means War turns out a lot better than Knight and Day.

Hardy is currently filming Mad Max: Fury Road, although the actor recently revealed that production has been delayed on that. He has nothing else upcoming that he hasn’t already finished, so he’ll likely move on to This Means War after Mad Max 4 is done and dusted. Personally I’m really interested to see how he fairs in an action/comedy like this.

This Means War doesn’t have a shooting or release date yet.

Sources: Vulture and Variety

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  1. I LOVED him in Layer Cake and Rock N Rolla and his performance in Inception was wonderful and memorable for a supporting cast member (same could be said about the entire supporting cast as well). I’m looking forward to all of his other movies. :)

  2. Never really heard much about this movie, but my experiences with Tom Hardy are good. I just keep being suprised at how much tougher he looks now that in the last movie I saw him in (Star Trek: Nemesis).

    I liked him in both movies (Nemesis and Inception) but for different reasons. He has become a lot more ‘manly’ since then.

  3. Tom Hardy is a gem among actors nowadays. He makes his appearance known on screen in roles where he is merely a supporting cast member (Inception, RockNRolla, Layer Cake) and truly commands the screen with his jaw dropping performance in Bronson. Extremely talented, I cannot wait for Mad Max 4!

  4. He was like the only guy(and levitt) that made me LOL in inception,ill give this guy a chance…..

  5. Replacing someone who can’t act (Worthington) for someone who can (Hardy), good idea.

  6. All the roles I’ve seen him in have impressed me. I’d be willing to watch this – not sure what type of chemistry Reese Witherspoon would have with him or Chris Pine, but maybe another actress. (Someone who could pull an Amanda Peet-type ‘Whole Nine Yards’ performance.)

  7. Yeah I love that he’s a good actor, but I do have a feeling that this movie might not be so good. I’m not a big fan of McG, personally. I don’t particularly dislike him, but I don’t feel like he bring a whole lot to the table.

  8. The entire INCEPTION cast was great and strong but Hardy was definately a sceene stealer. Maybe it was due to his characters persona more then Hardy’s own skills but I for one think this guy id gonna go places and I think he’s shown more skills to go those places then Sam Worthington has.

    Don’t get me wrong for I am not anti – Sam Worthington. I just think it seems like he’s seemingly come out of no where to land a lot of lead roles in many big budget films and that just strikes me as rather starnge. I know that the recent big budget films like TERMINATOR & AVATAR aren’t his first time out; it just seems like he jumped to the top without much work.

  9. i love hardy in inception and rock n rolla so i have no problem with him replacing sam worthington plus tom is more creative and incredible actor than sam

  10. This is great, he stole every scene he was in in Inception, was the only good thing in films like Star Trek: Nemesis and Rocknrolla so I’m glad that he’s getting noticed, yet I’m really sad that his big American debut will be a McG movie.

  11. I actually liked Nemesis and he did great in it. Only seen him in Inception, Nemesis and Rocknrolla. He was great in all though I couldn’t stand Rocknrolla.

  12. This is bad news for Mad Max Fury Road.
    Can we get a MCG confirmation on when shooting starts? I doubt he’s going to wait until 2012. Because that’s when the Max films were supposed to wrap,,,

    If he’s committed now to this MCG project it stands to reason that Fury Road is dead,,,and MCG still has a career. Two very bad things,,,

    • I wouldn’t worry about it. I seriously doubt that any actor with a decent head on his shoulders would pass up a Mad Max film for a McG action-comedy haha.

  13. I thought Seth Rogen was supposed to be attached to this movie in some way? Is that still the case? Or did I just make that up? Haha.

    • Not even funny. ( just like Rogen, or talented for that matter!)

  14. I think Tom Hardy is a great actor! I loved him in Rock-n-Rolla and was happy to see him in Inception.

  15. Good! A real actor playing the part. Great news!