Ubisoft is getting pretty bold with their movie making ambitions, enlisting “The Dark Knight Rises” and more importantly freestyle rapper Tom Hardy to star in a film adaptation of the “Splinter Cell” series. The Deadline story about Hardy’s casting notes that “The International” screenwriter Eric Warren Singer has been hired to write the script.
Hardy’s no stranger to spy/espionage films, having starred in “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” alongside “TDKR” co-stary Gary Oldman, and the less auspicious “This Means War” with Chris Pine where for some reason they were fighting over a very ambivalent Reese Witherspoon. Hardy’s a terrific actor and an even more impressive chameleon, absolutely transforming himself into the sinewy, sinister criminal in “Bronson,” and the cool, collected con man in “Inception.” I’m curious what take Ubisoft has in mind for the Fisher character, who’s most notable traits are being gruff and being weathered. Presumably this would be a younger incarnation?
The news, of course, follows the recent casting of “Prometheus” star Michael Fassbender in the upcoming “Assassin’s Creed” adaptation. And to think, it was only a few years ago that “The Prince of Persia” had us lamenting Ubisoft’s cinematic future.
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