Tom Hardy is one of the hottest actors in showbiz right now following his standout performances as Eames in Inception and Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, and for his portrayal of Forrest Bondurant in the moonshine bootlegging gangster flick Lawless. I recently caught a mini-marathon of the British TV series he starred in a couple years back called The Take which was really good too.
Any way, I only mention this because Mr. Hardy has been officially attached to the role of Sam Fisher for an upcoming film adaptation of Ubisoft’s Splinter Cell series. It’s still hard to see/hear any one other than Michael Ironside as Sam Fisher, which will also be strange in the next game as a new actor is taking over the role for Splinter Cell: Blacklist, but Hardy pulls off the scruffy bearded look pretty well and has proven he has incredible range as an actor so I can see him nailing the part.
The movie timeline would have to take place in Sam’s younger years I would think (Hardy is 20 years Fisher’s junior), unless they decide to use Hollywood magic to age him a bit for the role. But such details about the big screen adaptation are still to come. Basically, we know Hardy will play Sam Fisher and Eric Singer (The International) is writing the screenplay. That’s about it for now. When all’s said and done, hopefully this will be a video game movie that doesn’t suck goat testicles.
“Tom Hardy is 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,” said Jean-Julien Baronnet, chief executive officer, Ubisoft Motion Pictures. “In addition, Eric Singer is one of the most talented writers today. We’re confident he’ll bring a fresh approach and create a thrilling story for the Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell movie, while still respecting all the codes and traditions of the franchise that are so important to fans.