'Escape From New York' Shortlist Includes Tom Hardy, Jason Statham

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We might not be too thrilled about producer Joel Silver and Studio Canal's upcoming remake of "Escape from New York," but we can get behind the actors they're looking at for it.

The New York Daily News reports that Jason Statham and Tom Hardy are the top two choices for the upcoming movie. They have taken over those spots from former favorites Gerard Butler and Jeremy Renner now that the "Escape from New York" reboot has renewed life.

"Jason is the type of actor who has the physical attributes and screen presence to reprise Snake. He has a proven track record as a leading man and would do a great job," a "Hollywood insider" told the Daily News. The source added, "Tom was immense in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ and deserves to get a break in a top role. This could put him firmly in the A-list."

According to this report, the plan is to get one of the two men locked down by the summer. Though there's no news of when production on this project could start, it assumedly would be after that point in time.

The plan for the "Escape from New York" movie would to have it be the first in an upcoming film trilogy. The first film would be an origin story that is allegedly going to be similar to "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." Yes, really.

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