Tom Hardy to Lead Real-Time 'Locke' from 'Eastern Promises' Writer
Alfred Hitchcock's 1948 movie Rope was one of the first major films to be shot in real time, and since then a ton of films have used the same tactic: High Noon, 12 Angry Men, Nick of Time, Phone Booth, Before Sunset, Crank, and 88 Minutes, just to name a few. Kiefer Sutherland's FOX TV series "24" popularized the style for modern audiences, and now Inception and The Dark Knight Rises star Tom Hardy is looking to reclaim it for the film world. ScreenDaily reports that Hardy will star in a new real-time thriller called Locke, which will be written and directed by Eastern Promises screenwriter Steven Knight. More below!
Hardy will play Ivan Locke, a man with a perfect family, his dream job, and the crowning achievement of his career within his grasp. But one phone call changes everything, and as his life unravels before his eyes, he only has 90 minutes to solve his newfound problem. Setting the events in real time is an effective ploy for a thriller, but we all know how brilliant Hardy is, so I'm confident that this will be more than just a gimmick.
Knight shot his directorial debut Hummingbird in May of last year with Jason Statham in the lead role, and Lionsgate will distribute that one in U.S. theaters presumably sometime this year. Production on Locke begins this month with backing from IM Global, so it looks like this movie has leapfrogged all of Hardy's other developing projects including the Splinter Cell film, Animal Rescue, Child 44, and Everest. Let's hope Locke turns out to be a worthy entry into the real-time subgenre. Sound good?