Tom Hardy to Star in Takashi Miike’s First English-Language Film

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 16th, 2014 at 9:24 am,

Tom Hardy Mad Max 4 Tom Hardy to Star in Takashi Miikes First English Language Film

Tom Hardy first caught the attention of most American audiences back in 2010 when he appeared as forgery expert Eames in Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi thriller Inception. Since then, the English actor has cemented himself as one of the fastest rising film stars in the business, with roles in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Warrior and This Means War.

However, Hardy’s career really entered high gear when he starred as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, the grand finale to Nolan’s Batman trilogy. That film brought a new level of notoriety to the actor, undoubtedly boosting the potential success of future projects like Mad Max: Fury Road and the upcoming Splinter Cell adaptation. Now fans of Hardy have another film to add to their must-see list.

According to Deadline, Hardy is set to star in The Outsider, the first English-language film by director Takashi Miike. Set in post-World War II Japan, the film – written by Andrew Baldwin, who’s also working on the upcoming Logan’s Run remake – follows a former American soldier who becomes involved with the yakuza. It’s based on an idea by John Linson, one of the producers of the FX series Sons of Anarchy and films like Lords of Dogtown and Fight Club.

While The Outsider‘s premise holds great promise, expectations for the film are bound to climb with Miike’s involvement. For those unfamiliar with his work, Miike is the acclaimed filmmaker behind fan favorite Japanese films like Ichi the Killer, 13 Assassins and Audition. The director had previously flirted with making a live-action film based on the Afro Samurai anime series for U.S. audiences, but that project has apparently stalled.

Working with such talent can only be beneficial to Hardy’s career, as well. He’s already proven that he can tackle comedy, drama and action in equal measure and has the right kind of simmering intensity to make a film like this work. Imagine the cross-cultural themes of The Last Samurai mixed with the best of Miike’s work, and you have an idea of the kind of film we may see when all is said and done.

The Outsider was initially set up at Warner Bros. but has since secured independent financing. It’s scheduled to begin production in Japan in early 2014.


Stay tuned to Screen Rant for the latest details on The Outsider as this story develops.

Source: Deadline

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  1. To be honest I’d just about go see anything with Tom Hardy in it. Dude is awesome. Really looking forward to his up and coming releases.

  2. Considering Ichi the Killer is one of the only films I’ve ever actively regretted watching and Audition just felt distasteful (in spite of some elements I did enjoy) I can’t really say I’m excited about this. I love Asian directors jumping to American cinema (here’s hoping Snowpiercer is better than Stoker) but Miike isn’t one I was actively rooting for.

  3. I loved the 13 assassins. Hopefully we get a Good Movie. :)

  4. Enjoyed Miike’s films and it’s funny but Black Hawk Down was on TV a few days ago and I watched it, kept my eye on Hardy and thought “wow, he’s come pretty far”.

    Sounds like it could be a brutally violent but moralistic tale like Miike’s other films and Hardy should fit right in after playing notorious prisoner Charles Bronson in a similar movie (by that other dividing director, Nicolas Winding Refn so again, experience with a slightly controversial director is there).

  5. One index of how compelling a film can be…is keeping your eyes on the screen at what you don’t quite comprehend. Is it bad or good? You’re not sure but, man, is it WATCH-ABLE!

    Bending to the whim of the genre, Asian (and Euro) directors achieve their reputations for the fluid genre of film violence — no matter the storyline, theme or plot.

    Not actively rooting for more of the same, yet reserving an opinion… after keeping my eyes on the screen…or not.

  6. Imprint was Miike’s first English speaking film.

  7. Takashi Miike should write and direct the film adaptation of the Japanese game Onimusha which could do for Samuel Hadida and it should be a Foreign film just like 13 Assassins.

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