Tom Hardy was forced to drop out of Suicide Squad earlier this year, but he’s since found another gritty DC property to take on. The star is set to produce and likely star in New Line Cinema’s upcoming adaptation of the Vertigo comic, 100 Bullets.
Written by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso, 100 Bullets centers on a mysterious figure named Agent Graves who helps empower victims by presenting them with the names of people who’ve wronged them, a gun, and 100 rounds of untraceable ammunition with which to seek revenge. The acclaimed comic ran for 100 issues from 1999 to 2009. It won various accolades over the course of its run, including Eisner and Harvey Awards for Azzarello, Risso and the comic itself.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, Hardy will produce the project alongside Dean Baker via their Hardy Son & Baker production shingle. Hardy also has an eye to star in the film, although details on who he’ll play and the rest of the plotline are being kept under lock and key. Chris Borrelli, whose credits include the recent supernatural horror movie The Vatican Tapes, is behind the script for the forthcoming adaptation. No director is attached yet.
For Hardy, the project comes at a prime time in his career. The actor’s Mad Max: Fury Road grossed over $372 million worldwide for Warners Bros., putting him in even higher demand at the studio. His recent success undoubtedly played a part in helping get 100 Bullets off the ground (Warners is the parent company to New Line).
It’s a film that seems like a perfect match for Hardy. As fans know, the actor has plenty of experience working in comic book movies, having played Bane in 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises. 100 Bullets also has a dark and gritty tone that Hardy always excels in.
For New Line, this is the second adaptation of a comic from DC Entertainment’s edgier Vertigo imprint that’s currently in the works. The company recently assumed oversight of DC’s Vertigo properties from Warners Bros. In addition to producing 100 Bullets, New Line has also taken charge over developing a big screen adaptation of the Neil Gaiman-created comic Sandman. That project has Joseph Gordon-Levitt attached as both a star and director, although there hasn’t been much word of progress in recent months.
100 Bullets is only the latest title on Hardy’s jam-packed slate of upcoming projects. The actor is keeping busy, following his turn in Mad Max: Fury Road. Next up, he plays identical twins Ronnie and Reggie Kray in the forthcoming crime thriller, Legend, set to hit theaters on October 2. He also stars alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in the upcoming Alejandro G. Inarittu-helmed adventure drama, The Revenant, which opens in limited release in December before expanding in January.
Hardy is staying busy on the small screen as well. The actor is also producing and starring in Taboo, a drama miniseries currently set up at FX. The production for the series is expected to start production late this year, with a premiere tentatively scheduled for mid-2016.