Actor Tom Hardy has had his name attached to a couple of very notable film franchises over his 13-year career in major movies so far. In 2002, he landed the part of Shinzon, a clone of Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek Nemesis. Ten years later, he became etched in the cinematic legacy of Batman by playing the terrifying villain Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. On May 15th, he joins another franchise, by taking the role of Max in George Miller’s Mad Max franchise. Unlike his appearances in Star Trek, and The Dark Knight Trilogy, though, we now know this won’t be another one-off appearance.
According to an interview with the actor in Esquire, Tom Hardy is secured for at least three additional entries in the Mad Max film series. It was there that the actor revealed that he’s contractually bound to three more, but also makes clear that this doesn’t necessarily mean that there will be three more. He said,
Everything’s based on figures and how things are perceived. Inevitably it’s a business.
Hardy also expressed a great deal of excitement about the mere idea of being involved in the franchise, which he feels has pushed his boundaries as an actor. He’s already seen the film, calling it “f***ing unbelievable,” but also detailed why he’s so excited about what it represents for him.
I’ve never been more excited and out of my comfort zone.
Hardy takes over the role from Mel Gibson, who portrayed Max in the original film series from 1979-1985. Director George Miller has said in the past that a new actor was chosen not so much because of Gibson himself, but because the story that he wanted to tell demanded a younger actor. With that, it seems as if this film will be a direct sequel to 1985’s Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, and not some kind of amorphous reboot. Mad Max: Fury Road opens in theaters on May 15th. For more on the film as it develops, keep an eye on GeekNation!
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