Prolific Japanese director Takashi Miike is under negotiations to make his English-language Hollywood debut by helming the film The Outsiders, with a script penned by Andrew Baldwin. The movie will also reportedly star The Dark Knight Rises villain Tom Hardy as a former American G.I. who becomes part of the yakuza underground.
The film will be independently financed by Silver Pictures, based on an original idea by John Linson and they plan to start shooting in Japan early 2014. Tom Hardy is known for playing diverse characters in such movies as the aforementioned The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan’s Identity and Gavin O’Connor’s Warrior. He is also the front-runner to play Sir Elton John in Rocketman and will next star in the franchise reboot of Mad Max.
Miike is famous in Japan for his ultra-violent films, like the romantic horror flick Audition, the yakuza epic Dead or Alive and the adaptation of the manga Ichi the Killer. He has also directed some movies that are different from his usual fare like children’s films, period pieces, teen dramas, musical-comedy-horror and even video game adaptations. His latest flick, Shield of Straw, competed at the recent Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for the Palme d’Or, despite getting mixed reviews from the critics and the audience.
[ via Deadline ]