Tom Hardy & Miike Takashi No Longer Collborating on 'The Outsider?'
by Ethan Anderton
January 21, 2014
Despite hearing last fall that The Outsider starring Tom Hardy in the film directed by Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer, 13 Assassins) was moving forward with Worldview Entertainment financing and producing the film, it appears the project has lost both talents. Twitch is reporting that Hardy backed out of the project, and while the hunt is on for a new leading man, the production delay has also caused Miike to drop from the production, due to other commitments in 2014. That means The Outsider is now looking for a new director as well. That's a real bummer, because Miike and Hardy working together sounded pretty great.
The film follows the life of a former American G.I. who becomes part of the infamous Yakuza criminal organization in Japan shortly after World War II. The script comes from new writer Andrew Baldwin, who worked on the gestating remake of Logan's Run. Depending on who the new director ends up being, there might be a rewrite in the future. Though we won't see Hardy in World War II, we'll definitely see him in a different decade since he's slated to play Elton John in the musical biopic Rocketman. But maybe, if The Outsider can't line up a new actor and director, Hardy and Miike can come back to the project later.