Tom Hardy and Michael Shannon Head Down 'The Long Red Road'

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Bane and General Zod are joining forces ... but not for dastardly purposes.

The "Dark Knight Rises" and "Man of Steel" villains are taking a break from their respective evil plans to star together in the non-superhero drama, "The Long Red Road," according to Variety.

"The Long Red Road" follows Sam (Tom Hardy), a man he trying to drink away his demons on an Indian reservation in South Dakota. When a visitor from his past arrives, Sam has to take a hard look at the man he's become and the life he left behind. Michael Shannon will play his older brother.

The film is based on Brett C. Leonard's play of the same name. Hardy played the role of Sam in the premiere 2010 stage production at the Goodman Theater in Chicago, which was directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman.

"The Long Red Road" sounds like a cross between Sam Shepard and Tracy Letts, which in itself is a recipe for awesome drama, but really, you could put Tom Hardy and Michael Shannon together in a movie about reading a geometry equations out loud and we'd be excited for it. It's all the more a bonus that the film will probably involve them grimly staring at each other as the sun sets on the South Dakota plains.

Tom Hardy is currently filming "Mad Max: Fury Road" and will next be seen in "Lawless," opening Aug. 29. Michael Shannon recently wrapped "Man of Steel," which flies into theaters on June 14, 2013, and will next be seen with Robin, er, Joseph Gordon-Levitt in "Premium Rush," opening Aug. 24.