Tom Hardy earned himself acting cred in "Warrior" and "Inception," nightmare cred in "The Dark Knight Rises," and "Hollywood thinks I'm good-looking enough to cast me in a romantic comedy opposite Reese Witherspoon" cred in "This Means War," but his next movie earns him some much-needed street cred, completing his set of industry merit badges.
Variety reports that the English actor's next project is to produce and star in a new film for Warner Brothers that focuses on California's biker culture in the late '60s.
The as-of-yet-untitled project centers on a wounded Vietnam vet who comes back to his home in San Francisco in 1969, only to find the place in the middle of a cultural revolution. Amidst the tension between the sects of fringe culture occupying the Haight-Ashbury district, the protagonist rises to a leadership position in one of California's most dangerous biker gangs.
The movie will pair newbie producer Hardy with industry vets Art and John Linson under Hardy's new Executive Options label. "Vacancy" writer Mark L. Smith penned the script, based on an idea from John Linson, whose biker knowledge includes a long stint as executive producer on FX biker hit "Sons of Anarchy."
Hardy can next be seen as Batman's archenemy, Bane, in "The Dark Knight Rises," hitting theaters on July 20.
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