Tom Hardy has built up a reputation as a versatile actor, playings roles that are both physically and mentally taxing from Bronson to Warrior to last year’s The Dark Knight Rises. His dedication to the craft is definitely paying off, as he has a variety of films coming up, such as George Miller’s reboot of the Mad Max franchise, Mad Max: Fury Road, Steven Knight’s directorial debut, Locke, Michael R. Roskam’s (Bullhead) Animal Rescue, and is in talks to portray Elton John in the proposed biopic of the singer, Rocketman.
Yet despite having a full slate of projects to carry him well into next year, word has come out that Hardy will star in The Outsider, which will serve as Takashi Miike’s English-language debut. A few days after the trailer for his film, Wara No Tate was released, the news of an English-language Takashi Miike film is the perfect way to cap off the week. The Outsider, which will be produced independently by Silver Pictures, will focus on Hardy’s character, a former World War II GI, becoming a part of Japan’s Yakuza. Takashi Miike certainly knows how to direct a Japan-set period piece, and with Hardy attached to the project, this has makings to be another cult film for the director.