Tom Hardy‘s new film will see him play a cheery rom-com lead who wears his heart on his sleeve… Just kidding! It’s another war movie!
Variety reports he’s signed on to produce and star in My War Gone By, I Miss It, an adaptation of a 1999 book of the same name by British journalist Anthony Lloyd.
In it, Lloyd gives a personal account of his time documenting the Bosnian War, a conflict between the Serbs, Croatians, and Bosnian Muslims of the Balkan Peninsula — Europe’s bloodiest war since WWII — and the heroin addiction that almost killed him.
So, let’s recap Tom’s character. Unflappable hero? Check. Struggling with his own personal demons? Check. Monosyllabic? Almost certainly.
It’s no surprise then that Tom was drawn to the role, given his impressive roll-call of characters, from Lance Twombly in Black Hawk Down, Max Rockatansky in Mad Max: Fury Road and supervillain Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, through to mysterious adventurer James Delaney in Taboo, and his current role as a Spitfire pilot in Christopher Nolan‘s wartime epic Dunkirk.
Tom’s more than a little taken with the role, too. “My War Gone By is a brutal yet sensitive story which addresses both the nature of addiction and the experience of war,” he told Variety. “I was struck by Anthony’s work and words, experiences, and for me his is an important voice and an important book.”
Director Gavin O’Connor (Jane Got a Gun, The Accountant) even went so far as to compare the film to one of the greatest war movies ever made, calling it “Anthony’s Apocalypse Now.”
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