Takashi Miike's Yakuza Film with Tom Hardy Officially Moves Forward
Sometimes, when we hear about projects, it's months, or even years, before we hear about them again. One such project had us rather excited as Tom Hardy was reported to star in The Outsider, which would mark the English-language debut of Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer, 13 Assassins). Super producer Joel Silver was once behind the film, but by way of the American Film Market, it's Worldview Entertainment who has now agreed to finance and produce the film which follows the life of a former American G.I. (Hardy) who joins Yakuza criminal organization in Japan shortly after World War II.
This sounds like it has the potential to be as dark and thrilling as The Departed, but with the unique angle of the Yakuza changing things up. The script comes from new writer Andrew Baldwin, who worked on the gestating remake of Logan's Run, so hopefully it will make for a nice stateside debut for Miike. Hardy will be pretty busy over the next couple years with The Outsider slated to start shooting early next year in Japan and his recent deal to play Elton John in the biopic Rocketman. Both projects have us excited to see what Hardy turns in for a lead performance, and it's about time the actor got some awards attention. Cool?