Tom Hardy and Michael Shannon to Journey on 'The Long Red Road'
Over the past few years both Tom Hardy and Michael Shannon have enjoyed varied levels of success, but both of them have had their careers rise very quickly in a short time. Shannon has been more low key with indie films like Take Shelter (though he has a villainous role in Man of Steel next year) while Hardy has been more prominent in films like The Dark Knight Rises (with lower profile turns in films like Warrior). Now the two powerful actors are teaming up for The Long Red Road, an adaptation of Brett C. Leonard's stage play of the same name which Hardy actually starred in at the Goodman Theater in Chicago. Read on!
Variety says the story starts with Hardy's character Sam attempting to drink away his demons on an Indian reservation in South Dakota. When a visitor from his past arrives, Sam has to take a hard look at the man he's become and the life he left behind. Shannon will play Sam's older brother. It's interesting to note that actor Philip Seymour Hoffman actually directed the stage play, but it's not clear if he will end up directing the adaptation as well (it wouldn't be that hard with his experience directing the underrated Jack Goes Boating). Leonard (a writer/producer on HBO's "Hung") will adapt his own play for the big screen, which should make for a loyal take on the story, especially with Hardy involved. I can't wait to see what he and Shannon can do together in a film like this, and if Hoffman ends up directing, they already have my money.