Buried deep within a new pile of casting rumors surrounding Marvel’s Doctor Strange is a report from The Wrap that Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road) is being “courted” by 20th Century Fox to sign on as the titular villain in the next big X-Men sequel. Along with his rumored role in DC’s upcoming Suicide Squad, it sounds like Hardy could be way too busy for the (proper) Marvel Universe the next few years as Stephen Strange.
You have to wonder, though, how interested Hardy is in playing another comic-book baddie after his turn as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. Singer has a track record of making some darn good villains, so the role should (hopefully) be a lot more than just menacing and scenery-chewing. X-Men is one of the biggest franchises out there, and Hardy would be one heck of a cool addition as the ultra-powered villain for the “end” of the First Class trilogy.
Considering Hardy is set to headline the long-gestating Mad Max: Fury Road in 2015, his stock should definitely be on the rise, assuming George Miller’s post-apocalyptic epic isn’t a box-office dud. But, judging by that in-freaking-sane SDCC trailer from a while back, we’d think it’ll probably do pretty well. So, it’s no surprise every wanna-be blockbuster is vying to sign him.
Do you think he could pull off playing Apocalypse?
(Via The Wrap)