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Tom Hardy To Star In The Outsider, Takashi Miike To Possibly Make His English-Language Debut

Japanese director Takashi Miiki has been making films in his homeland since the late-80s and produced some absolutely amazing titles, including Audition, Ichi the Killer, and 13 Assassins. But after 22 years of directing his own features he is only now ready to make his English language debut. And the good news is that he has picked up one hell of a leading man for the project.

Deadline has learned from sources that Miike is now in talks to direct The Outsider, a project based on an original script developed by John Linson and written by Andrew Baldwin, and has Tom Hardy attached to star. The story is set in post-World War II Japan and will find the Dark Knight Rises star playing an American G.I. who becomes a member of the notorious Japanese Yakuza. Joel Silver, who is best known for producing classics like Die Hard, Lethal Weapon and The Matrix, is on-board as well.

Linson is best known as an executive producer on the long-running FX series Sons of Anarchy, while Baldwin worked on Nicolas Winding Refn's upcoming remake of Logan's Run.

After a rather crazy 2012, Hardy won't be appearing in theaters any any point this year, but has big plans for the future. In 2014 he has George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road, Michaël R. Roskam's Animal Rescue, and (provided they start production on time) Daniel Espinosa's Child 44. Unfortunately none of those films has a release date at this present time, so as of now it's unknown when Hardy will be on the big screen again.

Eric Eisenberg

NJ native who calls LA home; lives in a Dreamatorium. A decade-plus CinemaBlend veteran; endlessly enthusiastic about the career he’s dreamt of since seventh grade.