In an atmosphere of misguided mimbos and bland breakout stars, Tom Hardy is one of those rare almost-leading men who’s actually getting it right. He’s been a quiet but pretty much constant presence onscreen since his scene-stealing role in Inception, and since then he’s been a wildly intriguing presence in high profile films that have disappointed at the box-office (Warrior and This Means War come mind). His turn as the bulked-up terrorist Bane in this summer’s Batman saga The Dark Knight Rises is being trumpeted by everyone as his inevitable ‘breakout’ role, but in our eyes, the man has already broke. We like to think of it as Hardy’s The Notebook, the role that puts him on a national radar. In keeping with the analogy, only one question remains: what will be Hardy’s Drive?
Apparently, it’ll be an untitled rebel biker project, a la Sons of Anarchy, but with a Vietnam Era twist. Hardy—in full anti-hero mode—will play a Vietnam War vet who returns home to changed San Francisco, the flower power movement in full effect. He rebels (there’s that word again) by heading a violent biker gang. The film was scripted by—surprise!—John Linson, the Sons of Anarchy producer and an avid biker himself. Later this year, Hardy will lead an all-star cast, including Gary Oldman and Shia Labeouf, in the violent Prohibition-era drama Wettest County—we saw it, it’s fantastic—and if that, along with his role in TDKR, doesn’t wash the saccharine taste of This Means War from our collective palette, then this film certainly will.