It's that presence that Hardy brings to Bronson that makes me excited that he's being considered for the role of Max in director George Miller's new Mad Max relaunch (announced originally as Fury Road). E! Online reports that sources close to Miller confirm that he's got his eye on Tom Hardy to replace Mel Gibson as the lead, and I'm hard-pressed to think of a more inspired choice. Oscar-winning glamourpuss Charlize Theron is also being considered as the female lead role in the film.
It's a step in the right direction for this long-gestating project. Miller is keeping the story details under wraps, and there's still no word on when cameras will ever start rolling on this thing. The original 1979 film introduces Max Rockatansky, a drfiter in a post-apocalyptic world, who continually runs afoul of roving gangs of murderous scavengers, causing large-scale vehicular mayhem in the process. The hugely influential film was followed by two sequels, 1981's The Road Warrior (aka Mad Max 2) and 1985's Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, and spawned countless imitators.