Tom Hardy

Edward Thomas Hardy CBE (born 15 September 1977) is an English actor and producer. After studying acting at the Drama Centre London, he made his film debut in Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down (2001) and has since appeared in such films as Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), RocknRolla (2008), Bronson (2008), Warrior (2011), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Lawless (2012), Locke (2013), The Drop (2014), and The Revenant (2015), for which he received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. In 2015, Hardy portrayed "Mad" Max Rockatansky in Mad Max: Fury Road and both Kray twins in Legend. He has appeared in three Christopher Nolan films: Inception (2010), The Dark Knight Rises (2012) as Bane, and Dunkirk (2017) as an RAF fighter-pilot. He starred as Eddie Brock / Venom in Marvel's antihero film Venom (2018).

Hardy's television roles include the HBO war drama miniseries Band of Brothers (2001), the BBC historical drama miniseries The Virgin Queen (2005), Bill Sikes in the BBC's miniseries Oliver Twist (2007), ITV's Wuthering Heights (2008), the Sky 1 drama series The Take (2009), and the BBC historical crime drama series Peaky Blinders (2013–17). He created, co-produced, and took the lead in the eight-part historical fiction series Taboo (2017) on BBC One and FX.[1]

Hardy has performed on both British and American stages. He was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Most Promising Newcomer for his role as Skank in the production of In Arabia We'd All Be Kings (2003), and was awarded the 2003 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Outstanding Newcomer for his performances in both In Arabia We'd All Be Kings and for his role as Luca in Blood. He starred in the production of The Man of Mode (2007) and received positive reviews for his role in the play The Long Red Road (2010).

Hardy is active in charity work and is an ambassador for the Prince's Trust.[2][3][4] He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2018 Birthday Honours for services to drama.[5][6]

Tom Hardy

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Hardy at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con promoting Venom
Born
Edward Thomas Hardy

15 September 1977 (age 41)
ResidenceRichmond, London, England
OccupationActor, producer, model
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)
Children3
Parent(s)Chips Hardy (father)

Early life

Edward Thomas Hardy[7] was born on 15 September 1977[8] in Hammersmith, London,[9] the only child of artist and painter Anne (née Barrett) and novelist and comedy writer Edward "Chips" Hardy.[10][11][12] His mother is of Irish descent.[13] Hardy was brought up in East Sheen, London.[14] He studied at Tower House School, Reed's School, and Duff Miller Sixth Form College. He later studied at Richmond Drama School and the Drama Centre London, a part of Central Saint Martins.[15][16] He has named Gary Oldman as his "hero", adding that he imitated scenes from the actor while at drama school.[17][18]

Career

1998–2010

In 1998, Hardy won The Big Breakfast's Find Me a Supermodel competition at age 21 (and with it a brief contract with Models One).[19] Hardy joined Drama Centre London in September 1998, and was taken out early after winning the part of US Army Private John Janovec in the award-winning HBO-BBC miniseries Band of Brothers.[20] He made his feature film debut in Ridley Scott's war thriller Black Hawk Down (2001).[21] During this time, Hardy also had a brief stint as a rapper and hip hop producer with his friend Edward Tracy (under the name "Tommy No 1 + Eddie Too Tall"), with whom he recorded a mixtape called Falling On Your Arse In 1999 that remained unreleased until 2018.[22]

In 2002, Hardy gained some heavy international exposure as the Reman Praetor Shinzon, a clone of USS Enterprise Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: Nemesis.[23] The following year, he appeared in the film Dot the i, and then travelled to North Africa for Simon: An English Legionnaire, a story of the French Foreign Legion. He then returned to the United Kingdom to feature in the horror film LD 50 Lethal Dose (2003).[24]

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Hardy at the London premiere of Inception in 2010

Hardy was awarded the 2003 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Outstanding Newcomer for his performances in Blood and In Arabia We'd All Be Kings performed at the Royal Court Theatre and Hampstead Theatre.[25] He was also nominated for a 2004 Laurence Olivier Award for Most Promising Newcomer of 2003 in a Society of London Theatre Affiliate for his performance as Skank in the aforementioned production of In Arabia We'd All Be Kings.[26] Hardy appeared with Emilia Fox in the BBC miniseries The Virgin Queen (2005) as Robert Dudley, a childhood friend of Elizabeth I. Dudley's character has been described as an ambiguous young man who is torn between the affection of his wife (played by Fox), his love for Elizabeth and his own ambitions.[27] Hardy featured in the BBC Four adaptation of the 1960s science fiction series A for Andromeda.[28]

In 2007, he appeared in BBC Two's drama based on a true story, Stuart: A Life Backwards. He played the lead role of Stuart Shorter, a homeless man who had been subjected to years of abuse and whose death was possibly a suicide.[29] The same year he played Bill Sikes in the BBC miniseries Oliver Twist, an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel that aired on PBS Masterpiece Classic in the US. In February 2008, he played a drug-addicted rapist in the British horror-thriller WΔZ.[30] In September 2008, he appeared in Guy Ritchie's London gangster film, RocknRolla; Hardy played the role of gay gangster Handsome Bob.[31] Though a sequel to RocknRolla, titled The Real RocknRolla, has been rumoured to be in production, in which Hardy will reprise the role of Handsome Bob, filming has yet to commence on the project.[32] In 2008, Hardy starred in the film Bronson, about the real-life English prisoner Charles Bronson, who has spent most of his adult life in solitary confinement. For the film, he put on three stone (19 kg/42 pounds).[33]

In June 2009, Hardy starred in Martina Cole's four-part TV drama The Take on Sky One, as a drugs and alcohol fuelled gangster. The role gained him a Best Actor nomination at the 2009 Crime Thriller Awards.[34] In August 2009, he appeared in ITV's Wuthering Heights, playing the role of Heathcliff, the classic love character who falls in love with his childhood friend Cathy.[35][36] In early 2010, Hardy starred in The Long Red Road at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.[37] The play was written by Brett C. Leonard and directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Hardy won some good reviews for his portrayal of Sam, an alcoholic trying to drink away his past.[38][39] In 2010, he starred as Eames in Christopher Nolan's science fiction thriller Inception for which he won a BAFTA Rising Star award. Hardy replaced Michael Fassbender in the 2011 film adaptation of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,[40] released on 5 September 2011 at the 68th edition of the Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica in Venice. In March 2010, Hardy signed a first look deal at Warner Bros.[41]

2011–present

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Hardy at the premiere of The Drop, 2014 Toronto Film Festival

In 2011, Hardy starred in the film Warrior, which was released on 9 September 2011 by Lionsgate Films. His performance as Tommy Riordan, who is trained by his father to fight in a mixed martial arts tournament against his brother, gained praise from critics. Hardy also starred in This Means War (2012), a romantic comedy directed by McG. He played the supervillain Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, the final film in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy, released on 20 July 2012.[42] He played a bootlegger in John Hillcoat's crime drama Lawless (2012).[43] Hardy has signed up to play the lead role of Sam Fisher in Ubisoft's upcoming film adaptation of their video game series Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell.[44][45] He also appeared in Riz Mc's music video for the song "Sour Times".[46]

In 2014, Hardy starred in the crime film The Drop alongside James Gandolfini, in what would be the latter's final appearance in a feature film before his death. Hardy also joined the cast of the BBC crime drama Peaky Blinders in its second series. He portrays Alfie Solomons, the head of a Jewish gang and runner of a distillery which disguises itself as a bakery.

Hardy starred in five films in 2015. The first, Child 44, set in 1950s Soviet Union, saw him playing Leo Demidov, a Soviet secret police agent who investigates a series of child murders. Despite mild praise for his acting, Child 44 was reviewed negatively by critics and was a box office failure.[47] Hardy then played the title character, Max Rockatansky, in the action film Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).[48][49] His performance was praised by critics[50][51] and overall the film received critical acclaim and became a box office success,[52] grossing over $378 million against a $150 million budget, becoming the highest-grossing film in the Mad Max franchise.[53] He played a dual role as London gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray in the crime thriller Legend (2015).[54] On 7 December 2015, Hardy won Best Actor at the British Independent Film Awards for his portrayal of the Kray twins, and on the same night attended the premiere of the biographical western thriller The Revenant, in which he co-stars with Leonardo DiCaprio, at Leicester Square, London.[55] On 14 January 2016, Hardy received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Revenant.[56]

Hardy played a Royal Air Force fighter pilot in Christopher Nolan's action-thriller Dunkirk (2017), based on the British military evacuation of the French port of Dunkirk in 1940 during the Second World War. He appeared alongside Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy and Harry Styles.[57] Hardy also co-produced and starred in the eight-part BBC One television drama series Taboo. It was created by Hardy, Steven Knight, and Hardy's father, Edward "Chips" Hardy. Taboo was aired in the United States by FX.[58]

In 2018, Hardy starred in the film Venom,[59][60] as the title comic book sometime hero, Eddie Brock / Venom. Based on the Marvel source material, the film was released on 5 October, and is meant to be the start of "Sony's Universe Of Marvel Characters" (along with Silver and Black). It is connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as an "adjunct" film.[61][62]

Upcoming projects

In 2019, Hardy is scheduled to star in Josh Trank's Al Capone biopic Fonzo.[63] Hardy is also attached to star as iconic war photographer Don McCullin in a film based on McCullin's autobiography, Unreasonable Behaviour.[64]

Personal life

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Hardy at the premiere of Locke in 2014

Hardy married producer Sarah Ward in 1999; they divorced in 2004.[65] He has a son (born 2008)[66] with his then-girlfriend, assistant director Rachael Speed, whom he met on set of The Virgin Queen in 2005. They separated in 2009 after four years together.[67] In 2009, Hardy began a relationship with actress Charlotte Riley, after they met on the set of Wuthering Heights. They were married in July 2014.[68] In October 2015, their first child was born.[69] In December 2018 the couple’s second child, a son, was born.[70] They had two rescued dogs, Max and Woodstock, one of which Hardy appeared with in a PETA advert to promote pet adoption.[71] Woodstock died on June 5th, 2017 due to an aggressive case of polymyositis.[72]

In 2010, Hardy became an ambassador for the Prince's Trust, a leading UK youth charity which provides training, personal development, business start up support, mentoring, and advice.[73] In 2012, he and Riley became patrons of Bowel Cancer UK.[74] Prior to the inaugural Invictus Games held in London in September 2014, Hardy, along with other entertainers and athletes, read the poem "Invictus" in a promotional video.[75]

Hardy was named one of GQ magazine's 50 best dressed British men in 2015.[76] One of the highest profile actors in contemporary British popular culture, Hardy appeared on Debrett's 2016 list of the most influential people in the United Kingdom.[77] Hardy was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2018 Birthday Honours for services to drama.[78]

Hardy was addicted to alcohol and crack cocaine during his mid-20s, after which he checked himself into rehab following a particular low point. He has said that he was 'out of control' on drink and drugs before he turned his life around, and was lucky that he did not contract HIV while he was at his lowest.[79][80]

During the filming of Bronson, Hardy met with prisoner Charles Bronson several times and the two became friends. Bronson was impressed with how Hardy managed to get as muscular as he was and how well he could mimic his own personality and voice. Bronson has stated he believes Hardy was the only person who could play him.[81]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Black Hawk Down Lance Twombly Credited as Thomas Hardy
2002 Deserter Pascal Dupont
Star Trek: Nemesis Shinzon
2003 The Reckoning Straw
Dot the i Tom
LD 50 Lethal Dose Matt
2004 EMR Henry
Layer Cake Clarkie
2006 Marie Antoinette Raumont
Minotaur Theo
Scenes of a Sexual Nature Noel
2007 Flood Zack
WΔZ Pierre Jackson
The Inheritance Dad
2008 Sucker Punch Rodders
RocknRolla Handsome Bob
Bronson Charles Bronson / Michael Peterson
2009 Thick as Thieves Michaels
Perfect Doctor Short film
2010 Inception Eames
2011 Sergeant Slaughter, My Big Brother Dan Short film
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Ricki Tarr
Warrior Tommy Riordan Conlon
2012 This Means War Tuck Hansen
The Dark Knight Rises Bane
Lawless Forrest Bondurant
2013 Locke Ivan Locke
2014 The Drop Bob Saginowski
2015 Child 44 Leo Demidov
Mad Max: Fury Road Max Rockatansky
London Road Mark
Legend Ronald Kray and Reginald Kray
The Revenant John Fitzgerald
2017 Dunkirk Farrier
Star Wars: The Last Jedi FN-926 Deleted scene
2018 Venom Eddie Brock / Venom
2019 Fonzo Al Capone Post-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Band of Brothers John Janovec Episodes: "Why We Fight" and "Points"
2005 Colditz Jack Rose 2 episodes
The Virgin Queen Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester 3 episodes
Gideon's Daughter Andrew Television film
2006 A for Andromeda John Fleming
Sweeney Todd Matthew
2007 Cape Wrath Jack Donnelly 5 episodes
Oliver Twist Bill Sikes 5 episodes[82]
Stuart: A Life Backwards Stuart Shorter Television film
2008 Wuthering Heights Heathcliff 2 episodes
2009 The Take Freddie 4 episodes
2013 Driven to Extremes Himself 1 episode
Poaching Wars 2 episodes
Also executive producer
2014–2017 Peaky Blinders Alfie Solomons 10 episodes
2017 CBeebies Bedtime Stories Himself 5 episodes
2017–present Taboo James Delaney 8 episodes
Also co-creator and executive producer
2019 A Christmas Carol Miniseries
Also executive producer

Stage

Year Title Role Notes
2003 In Arabia We'd All Be Kings Skank Hampstead Theatre, London[83]
The Modernists Vincent Crucible Theatre, Sheffield[84][85]
Blood Luca Royal Court Theatre, London[86]
2004 Festen Michael Almeida Theatre, London[87]
2007 The Man of Mode Dorimant National Theatre, London[88]
2010 The Long Red Road Sammy Goodman Theatre, Chicago[89]

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A Christmas Carol (miniseries)

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Bane in other media

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Charlotte Riley

Charlotte Frances Riley (born 29 December 1981) is an English actress. She is known for her roles as Sarah Hurst in Easy Virtue, Catherine Earnshaw in ITV's adaptation of Wuthering Heights and in the lead role as Holly Evans in BBC One's six-part drama Press.

Guy Ritchie

Guy Stuart Ritchie (born 10 September 1968) is an English film director, film producer, screenwriter, and businessman, known for his British gangster films. He left secondary school and got entry-level jobs in the film industry in the mid-1990s. Ritchie eventually went on to direct commercials. In 1995 he directed his first film, The Hard Case, a 20-minute short that impressed investors who backed his first feature film, the crime comedy Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998). He then directed another cockney crime comedy, Snatch (2000).

Ritchie's other crime films include Revolver (2005) and RocknRolla (2008). His British set gangster films have featured emerging stars, such as Jason Statham, Idris Elba and Tom Hardy. He then directed Sherlock Holmes (2009), its sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) and the live-action adaptation of Disney's Aladdin (2019).

Legend (2015 film)

Legend is a 2015 biographical crime thriller film written and directed by American director Brian Helgeland. It is adapted from John Pearson's book The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins, which deals with their rise and fall, the relationship that bound them together, and follows their gruesome career to imprisonment for life in 1969.This is Helgeland's fifth feature film. Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, David Thewlis and Christopher Eccleston star with Chazz Palminteri, Paul Bettany, Tara Fitzgerald and Taron Egerton as well as singer Duffy featured in supporting roles.

List of General Hospital characters (1970s)

General Hospital is the longest running American television serial drama, airing on ABC. Created by Frank and Doris Hursley, who originally set it in a general hospital (hence the title), in an unnamed fictional city. In the 1970s, the city was named Port Charles, New York. The series premiered on April 1, 1963. This is a list of notable characters who significantly impacted storylines and began their run, or significantly returned, from the years 1970 to 1979.

Locke (film)

Locke is a 2013 British–American drama film written and directed by Steven Knight. The film stars Tom Hardy in the title role, the only character seen on screen, as he carries on a number of speakerphone conversations with characters voiced by Olivia Colman, Ruth Wilson, Andrew Scott, Ben Daniels, Tom Holland, and Bill Milner.

The film premiered at Broad Street in Westside, Birmingham at the 70th Venice Film Festival on 2 September 2013. The film had a limited release in the United Kingdom beginning on 18 April 2014, and grossed $5 million worldwide. Locke received critical acclaim, particularly for Hardy's performance, which won him the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor.

Oregon Country (sculpture)

Oregon Country (also known as Hardy Relief, Oregon Landscape, and Oregon Landscapes) is a 1962 bronze sculpture by Tom Hardy, installed on Neuberger Hall's western facade on the Portland State University campus in Portland, Oregon, United States.

RocknRolla

RocknRolla is a 2008 crime comedy film written and directed by Guy Ritchie, and starring Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Thandie Newton, Mark Strong, Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, Gemma Arterton and Toby Kebbell. It was released on 5 September 2008 in the United Kingdom, hitting number one in the UK box office in its first week of release.

Running Horses

Running Horses is an outdoor 1986 bronze sculpture by Tom Hardy, located on the Transit Mall in downtown Portland, Oregon. It is part of the City of Portland and Multnomah County Public Art Collection courtesy of the Regional Arts & Culture Council.

Taboo (2017 TV series)

Taboo is a BBC television drama series produced by Scott Free London and Hardy Son & Baker. It aired on BBC One in the United Kingdom, on 7 January 2017 and on FX in the United States, on 10 January 2017. A second series was announced during March 2017.

The series was created by Steven Knight, Tom Hardy, and his father, Chips Hardy, based on a story written by Tom and Chips Hardy. The eight-part series, set in 1814, begins with James Delaney (Tom Hardy) returning to England after twelve years in Africa with fourteen stolen diamonds, following the death of his father and as the war with the United States is nearing its end.

Kristoffer Nyholm and Anders Engström each directed four episodes of the first series. Max Richter composed the score.

The series has received generally favourable reviews, with critics praising Hardy's performance, visual presentation, and pacing. Two more series are planned.

The Drop (film)

The Drop is a 2014 American crime film directed by Michaël R. Roskam, from a screenplay written by Dennis Lehane. The film is based on Lehane's 2009 short story "Animal Rescue". Lehane also adapted the script into a 2014 novel of The Drop. The film stars Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and James Gandolfini (in his final film role), with Matthias Schoenaerts, John Ortiz and James Frecheville in supporting roles. It was screened in the Special Presentations section of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, and was released theatrically on September 12, 2014.

The Revenant (2015 film)

The Revenant is a 2015 American semi-biographical epic Western film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. The screenplay by Mark L. Smith and Iñárritu is based in part on Michael Punke's 2002 novel of the same name, describing frontiersman Hugh Glass's experiences in 1823. That novel is in turn based on the 1915 poem The Song of Hugh Glass. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, and Will Poulter.

Development began in August 2001 when producer Akiva Goldsman purchased Punke's manuscript. Iñárritu signed on to direct in August 2011 and in April 2014, after several delays due to other projects, Iñárritu confirmed that he was beginning work on The Revenant and that DiCaprio would play the lead role. Principal photography began in October 2014. Location and crew concerns delayed the film from May to August 2015.

The Revenant premiered at the TCL Chinese Theatre on December 16, 2015, and had a limited release on December 25, expanding on January 8, 2016. The film received largely positive reviews, and praise for its performances (particularly from DiCaprio and Hardy), direction, and cinematography. It won three Golden Globe Awards and five BAFTA Awards. At the 88th Academy Awards, the film received 12 nominations, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor (Hardy), winning Best Director (Iñárritu), Best Actor (DiCaprio), and Best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki). DiCaprio also won the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award, BAFTA, and Critics' Choice Award for Best Actor.

The Take (TV series)

The Take is a four-part British television crime drama series, adapted by Neil Biswas from the novel by Martina Cole, that first broadcast on Sky1 on 17 June 2009. Directed by David Drury, The Take follows the activities of criminal sociopath Freddie Jackson (Tom Hardy), who has recently been released from prison, only to find that his cousin Jimmy (Shaun Evans) is attempting to make a name for himself on the back of his reputation. The series also stars Brian Cox, Kierston Wareing, Margot Leicester and Charlotte Riley among others.Principal shooting for the series took place in Dublin. As well as original music by Ruth Barrett, the series also makes use of Kasabian's "Club Foot" as its opening theme. The Take was the first of two Cole novels to be adapted by Company Pictures for Sky1, the other being The Runaway, starring Jack O'Connell and Joanna Vanderham, that followed in 2011. The Take was released on Region 2 DVD on 6 July 2009 by ITV Studios Home Entertainment.The series aired in the United States between 2 and 23 December 2009 on Encore. The first episode gathered 180,000 viewers, while the second attracted 152,000. The series was also released on Region 1 DVD on 28 August 2012, via BFS Entertainment. The series received critical acclaim for Hardy's portrayal of Freddie Jackson. Notably, Hardy and Charlotte Riley, who first met whilst working together on the series, later married.

This Means War (film)

This Means War is a 2012 American romantic comedy spy film directed by McG, produced by Will Smith and starring Chris Pine, Tom Hardy, and Reese Witherspoon. The plot concerns two CIA agents who are best friends and discover that they are dating the same woman.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (film)

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a 2011 Cold War spy thriller film directed by Tomas Alfredson. The screenplay was written by Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan, based on John le Carré's 1974 novel of the same name. The film, starring Gary Oldman as George Smiley, along with Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Ciarán Hinds, and featuring David Dencik, is set in London in the early 1970s and follows the hunt for a Soviet double agent at the top of the British secret service.

The film was produced through the British company Working Title Films and financed by France's StudioCanal. It premiered in competition at the 68th Venice International Film Festival. A critical and commercial success, it was the highest-grossing film at the British box office for three consecutive weeks. It won the BAFTA Award for Best British Film. The film also received three Academy Awards nominations: Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, and for Oldman, Best Actor.

The novel had previously been adapted into the award-winning BBC TV miniseries Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979) with Alec Guinness playing the lead role of Smiley.

Venom (2018 film)

Venom is a 2018 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, produced by Columbia Pictures in association with Marvel and Tencent Pictures. Distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing, it is the first film in Sony's Marvel Universe, adjunct to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Directed by Ruben Fleischer from a screenplay by Jeff Pinkner, Scott Rosenberg, and Kelly Marcel, it stars Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock / Venom, alongside Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, and Reid Scott. In Venom, journalist Brock gains superpowers after being bound to an alien symbiote whose species plans to invade Earth.

After Venom appeared in Spider-Man 3 (2007), Sony attempted to develop a spin-off film based on the character. Work began in March 2016 on a new version that would start a new shared universe featuring the Marvel characters that the studio possessed film rights to. Sony also intended for Venom to share the world of the MCU's Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), but ultimately distanced the film from the Spider-Man character. In March 2017, Rosenberg and Pinkner were set to write, with Fleischer and Hardy added in May. Principal photography began that October in Atlanta, before moving to New York City and San Francisco. The film was primarily inspired by the comic book miniseries Venom: Lethal Protector (1993) and the story arc "Planet of the Symbiotes" (1995).

Venom was released in the United States on October 5, 2018. It received generally negative reviews from critics, though Hardy's performance received some praise. The film is the seventh-highest-grossing film of 2018 with over $856 million worldwide, and set several box office records for an October release. A sequel is expected to be released on October 2, 2020.

Warrior (2011 film)

Warrior is a 2011 American sports drama film directed by Gavin O'Connor and written by O'Connor, Cliff Dorfman, and Anthony Tambakis. It stars Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton as two estranged brothers whose entrance into a mixed martial arts tournament makes them come to terms with their lives and each other. Nick Nolte was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the father of the two brothers. Jennifer Morrison and Frank Grillo also star.

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