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You probably don't know yet who Tom Hardy is, and given that we have no idea how big his role in Inception will be, it's hard to even say how well known he'll be after it comes out. But the actor made a huge splash with his lead performance in Bronson, and is already set to have his own tentpole with George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road, the long-in-development reboot of the famed post-apocalyptic franchise.

During last weekend's junket for Inception Hardy sat down with some online reporters (including Collider), and they obviously grilled him to tell all about the status of Mad Max. Information on the project has been a little fuzzy lately, as Teresa Palmer claimed she hadn't actually been cast, and while Hardy didn't clear that up, he talked a little about his preparation and what to expect from his incarnation of Mad Max, the character made iconic by Mel Gibson.

It’s a relaunch and revisit to the world. An entire restructuring. That’s not to say that it’s not picking up or leaving off from the Mad Max you know already, but it’s a nice re-take on the entire world using the same character, depositing him in the same world but bringing him up to date by 30 years. Mel would be perfect for it but, for some reason, he’s not doing it and I am. You can expect the same amount of grit and rawness and authenticity and performance, I hope to deliver.

Hardy is training in Australia as we speak in order to lose 30 pounds and look like "a hungry wolf, or like when you put a cat in the bath." You know, like someone scratching out an existence in a post-apocalyptic wasteland probably ought to look. Hardy didn't have any information on when shooting will actually begin, but conceded that he has two months for training and filming should take about 9 months. So while nobody is making any promises, don't be surprised to see cameras start rolling on this one before the end of the year.

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