Tom Hardy might not be David Yates’ top choice to play Tarzan in Warner Bros. upcoming revival of the iconic jungle tale, but we doubt he’s too broken up over it – he’s too busy taking on other high-profile roles.
A Variety article this afternoon reveals that Hardy will headline a big-screen adaptation of Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell – a popular video game franchise. Hardy will tackle the role of star Sam Fisher, a Special Forces soldier in a governmental outfit known as Echelon.
The game is property of UbiSoft, which is starting to make some serious Hollywood inroads with both this project and the Michael Fassbender adaptation of Assassin’s Creed currently in development. The software publisher has, at the very least, demonstrated that it is willing to aim big with its projects, securing top-notch acting talent in Hardy and Fassbender.
UbiSoft’s CEO of motion pictures, Jean-Julien Baronnet, had this to say about the news:
"Tom Hardy is currently one of the biggest talents in the film industry, and he has a phenomenal ability to take on complex and varied roles with his broad range of acting skills. His involvement in the Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell movie is exciting news for movie and video game fans alike.”
It will be interesting to see how fans of the game series react to the news – Sam Fisher has long been voiced by actor Michael Ironside, who has become closely linked to the character over the course of multiple game installments. Fanboys love Hardy, though – so we suspect they’ll like this news. After all, he's already played Bane and Mad Max -- what's not to love?
Splinter Cell is not officially set up at a studio – but the addition of Hardy to the cast should make companies like Warner Bros. and Paramount (both who had preliminary chats with UbiSoft about the project already) far more interested in hopping onboard.
We’ll bring you more on this one as it develops. In the meantime, how excited are you about this news?
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