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.
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: Jason Merritt/Getty Images