Tom Hardy will take the lead role in a big screen adaptation of the hit Splinter Cell video games.
The British actor, who starred as the villain Bane in the final instalment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, will play special operative Sam Fisher - the character that kicked off the Ubisoft franchise in 2002.
Inspired by American author Tom Clancy, the series, which has sold more than 23million copies to date, is a stealth based game that centres on its special forces trained protagonist and his ongoing battle against international terrorists. It has spawned six games to date with a seventh, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist, set for release in the spring.
The movie, which will be written by The International’s Eric Singer, is the second major project to be announced by the French studio in recent months after it was confirmed that Michael Fassbender would star in an adaptation of their wildly popular Assassin’s Creed series.
“Tom Hardy is one of the biggest talents in the film industry, and he has a phenomenal ability to take on complex and varied roles with his broad range of acting skills,” a Ubisoft spokesman told Deadline. “His involvement in the Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell movie is exciting news for movie and video game fans alike. In addition, Eric Singer is one of the most talented writers today. We’re confident he’ll bring a fresh approach and create a thrilling story for the Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell movie, while still respecting all the codes and traditions of the franchise that are so important to fans.”
Hardy, who’s become hot property in Hollywood after star turns in Warrior, Inception and The Dark Knight Rises, is currently in Namibia filming for Mad Max: Fury Road; a reboot of the famous Mel Gibson franchise.