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Tom Hardy to Lead Sixties Biker Movie

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 08:  Actor Tom Hardy  attends the 'This Means War' Los Angeles premiere held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on February 8, 2012 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Will The Dark Knight Rises provide the biggest boost yet to Tom Hardy's career, even though as the mask-clad villain Bane, he's virtually unrecognizable? Warner Bros. is betting it will, and has signed the actor to a new first-look deal that includes a new sixties biker gang project. Variety has more details on the movie, based on an original idea from Sons of Anarchy producer John Linson, which will find Hardy playing a Vietnam vet who returns home to San Francisco to become the leader of a violent motorcycle gang. How gigantically muscular Hardy will be forced to become (or stay!) is not yet known.

Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images