Tom Hardy Gets His Motor Runnin'

For a new biker movie

Warner Bros. clearly realised that after Inception and his upcoming role in The Dark Knight as Bane, Tom Hardy was a talent they should keep in close contact with. It wasn’t a shock, then, to learn this week that he had signed a first-look deal with the studio. With the ink barely dry on the documents, he’s announced his first project: starring in an outlaw biker drama.

John Linson, who knows a thing or two about two-wheeled terrors thanks to his producing duties on Sons Of Anarchy, came up with the original idea and handed it to Vacancy’s Mark L. Smith to bash out a script.

Hardy will play a wounded Vietnam vet who comes home to San Francisco in the middle of the culture clash melee in 1969. He decides to make war rather than love, and rises to become the leader of California’s most violent outlaw biker club. Heck, it could even be a prequel to Clay, Jax and the rest over at SOA...

While he may want to forget he was ever in This Means War (even if he was entertaining in it), Hardy has The Dark Knight Rises next, and we’ll all find out if we can understand what Bane is saying on July 20.