Tom Hardy Joins Batman 3 Cast; Fury Road Delayed
10.13.10 by Ryan
After appearing in director Christopher Nolan's successful thriller Inception, Deadline reports that British actor Tom Hardy will reunite with Nolan on Batman 3 (working title) in an unspecified role. It could be a safe bet that Hardy will play a villain, since Morgan Freeman has hinted that Batman 3 will feature more than one big bad. The highly anticipated sequel is set to start production in April 2011.
Batman 3 will keep Hardy busy while he waits out yet another delay of the "relaunch and revisit" of the iconic character of "Mad" Max Rockatansky in Mad Max: Fury Road. Last week, The Australian reported that the movie "has been delayed for a second time and will not begin filming until 2012."
The delay has left many major film crew members without work amid fears the high Australian dollar could ultimately kill the film as its budget grows. Key crew were told this week not to expect to return for pre-production until August or November next year. Production is now anticipated to begin in the Broken Hill region in February 2012.
In an effort to set the record straight, Mad Max director George Miller explained to the Sydney Morning Herald that rain caused the movie to be delayed from it's initial February 2011 start date.
"Unfortunately for Mad Max, what was wasteland is now this wonderful flower garden," said Miller. The director says the start date is now slated to be "July at the earliest and more likely September-October," and claims Fury Road will "definitely" get made.
Warners are very, very committed to the film, as we are. There is nothing like creative problems. It's not an issue of budget; we're covered on the Australian dollar rise.
Fury Road sees Hardy take over the role made famous by Mel Gibson, alongside Charlize Theron as a one-armed bad-ass, and Hugh Keays-Byrne (who played Toecutter in the first Mad Max). There's been no update to the rumor that Miller will be shooting Fury Road along with a sequel back-to-back.