The poachers of southern Africa beware – hard man actor Tom Hardy is coming to get you.
Animal lover Hardy was linked to an anti-poaching movie last year, reportedly involving fellow actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire, but ITV has this morning confirmed that Hardy’s own production company has joined in making a two-part documentary for the channel, likely to be screened next month.
Said the film’s producer Dean Baker: “Tom's goal is to bring the senseless slaughter of endangered wildlife in Africa to the attention of the masses. This documentary is the first step of that process. We both hope it finds an engaged, empathetic audience who can be motivated to action.”
The star of Inception, Dark Knight Rises and Bronson has, apparently, drawn his inspiration from former Special Forces friends who are now serving on anti-poaching patrols across Africa. This documentary has taken him to South Africa, Botswana and Tanzania where he witnessed for himself the consequence of the poachers’ activities on elephant and rhino herds.
Jo Clinton-Davis, ITV controller of factual, said: "The story of the impact of wildlife poaching in Africa is one that is important to tell now more than ever. Tom Hardy's palpable concern and commitment to shedding light on what is happening and what the answers might be allow him to bring this reality home in a way that we believe will resonate powerfully with our audience."