Tom Hardy has continually been on the rise as of late. While we didn’t see as much of him in Inception and TDKR as we wanted to, he’s still got tremendous acting chops. Hardy is an in-demand actor with lots of projects in the pipeline and the good news is we’ll be seeing a lot more of him in the future. Deadline is reporting that one of his latest is Samarkand which he is developing with Solar Pictures. Directed by Greg Williams, the film is described as a drama which focuses on the issue of post traumatic stress disorder.
In the film Hardy will play an SAS soldier who has returned from his tour/post in the Middle East where, “suffering from PTSD, he has a most difficult time reintegrating from the battlefield back into society”. Hardy is adept at playing both roles that are reserved and wildly unhinged, sometimes in the same scene/character. Bronson, Warrior, Lawless and even The Dark Knight Rises and his TV series The Take have all allowed him to show the pensive complexity of his acting range.
Greg Williams cast Hardy in his short Sergeant Slaughter, My Big Brother (which you watch here) which won him Best Director at the New York, Chicago and San Francisco Short Film Festivals. With some familiarity under their belts perhaps this collaboration will yield something as celebrated as Refn’s Bronson. You can look forward to more Tom Hardy in his upcoming projects like Steven Knight’s Locke, Daniel Espinosa’s Child 44, and Doug Liman’s Everest. No signs of anything resembling This Means War in Hardy’s future, and in our opinion that’s a good thing. What do you think?