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.