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Tom Hardy Steps In for Sam Worthington in This Means War

Back in June, we told you that Fox had offered Sam Worthington a starring role in Fox’s McG-directed action/romantic comedy This Means War, but we also warned you that Worthington would likely "sit on the project for awhile and eventually wander off,” considering actors have been bouncing into and out of this project since at least 2001, when it was supposed to star Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence. Well, the Avatar star did wander off (and rather quickly), but now Inception’s Tom Hardy has stepped in and closed — closed, we say! — a deal to star in the spy role that had originally been offered to Worthington. He’ll play one of the spies (opposite Chris Pine) who wage black-ops warfare on each other when they both fall for the same girl (Reese Witherspoon, who’s also producing, along with Will Smith’s company, Overbrook Entertainment). CORRECTION: Fox tells us that they never officially offered Worthington in the role, just had "preliminary talks" with his team. Also, Witherspoon is starring in the film, but not producing it.

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