The story follows two best friends and spies who wage an epic war against each other when they both fall for the same girl.
Since then, "The Hangover" joker Bradley Cooper was attached before dropping out for conflicting reasons (either a scheduling or creative differences), and "Terminator Salvation" star Sam Worthington had preliminary discussions about the project, though his calendar filled up pretty quickly once "Avatar" became the highest grossing movie of all-time.
Frankly, Hardy is a great get for this project, as he's a talented young actor on the rise and one who likely doesn't command too high a salary just yet. He landed on Hollywood's radar with his explosive yet thoughtful performance in Nicolas Winding Refn's violent prison drama "Bronson," and was allowed to show off more of his action chops in Christopher Nolan's mind-bending blockbuster. Hardy will soon have the chance to flex those muscles again when he starts filming not one but two "Mad Max" movies under the direction of George Miller.
Production will begin this fall.