Tom Hardy Lands ‘Splinter Cell’ Lead Role

Now here’s a video game adaptation that we can totally get behind. According to a new report, Tom Hardy has signed on to star in a big screen take on “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell.”

Video game publisher and developer Ubisoft is already riding high thanks to the news that Michael Fassbender is slated to star in and co-produce an adaptation of “Assassin’s Creed,” and this news is arguably even more exciting. Variety broke the Hardy news, though little else is known about the project.

“Splinter Cell” isn’t currently set up at a studio, though “The International” scribe Eric Warren Singer is planning to write a script for Ubisoft. The company is reportedly in early talks to set up the project with either Warner Bros. or Paramount. Hardy will play main character Sam Fisher, who Variety describes as “a highly-trained special operative in a fictional black-ops operation called Echelon.” This won’t be Hardy’s first time playing a government agent, though his CIA agent Tuck in “This Means War” is a whole different type of leading man.

“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,” Jean-Julien Baronnet, CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures, said in a statement. “His involvement in the ’Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell’ movie is exciting news for movie and video game fans alike. Meanwhile, Eric Singer is one of the most talented writers of the moment, and … we’re confident he’ll bring a fresh approach and create a thrilling story … while still respecting all the codes and traditions of the franchise that are so important to fans.”

Interestingly enough, back in August it had been reported that Hardy would have a role in a Tom Clancy film. At the time, it was believed that Hardy would portray John Kelly in “Without Remorse,” a spinoff series to the upcoming “Jack Ryan.” It’s unclear how this new “Splinter Cell” deal is related to that news or if it circumvents it, but stay tuned to MTV Movies Blog to find out more as soon as we hear about it.

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