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Tom Hardy to star as Sam Fisher in Splinter Cell movie

by Zaid Kriel (Zaid)  Posted Thursday, November 15, 2012 1:11:39 PM

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OK, first of all, Ubisoft has decided to make a Splinter Cell movie. Second, they already have a lead actor for the job. Tom Hardy, the actor who played Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, will play the Sam Fisher, the video game worlds most resourceful special-operations agent.

Commenting on Hardy's selection in Variety, Jean-Julien Baronnet, CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures said that “He is currently one of the biggest talents in the film industry, and he has a phenomenal ability to take on complex and varied roles with his broad range of acting skills”.

“His involvement in the ‘Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell’ movie is exciting news for movie and video game fans alike. Meanwhile, Eric Singer is one of the most talented writers of the moment, and … we’re confident he’ll bring a fresh approach and create a thrilling story … while still respecting all the codes and traditions of the franchise that are so important to fans.”

Now, no disrespect to Hardy, but I don't think he's the right guy for the job. I'm sure he'll do a phenomenal job, it's just that to me, Fisher needs to be an older agent, someone in their late 40s or early 50s. Now that's not say Hardy can't play the character older, but given that game land version of Fisher has already been de-aged for his upcoming game Splinter Cell: Blacklist, I don't see that happening.

With that said, this is actually the second film to adapt a popular Ubisoft franchise, the other being Assassin’s Creed, which will star X-men: First Class's Magneto, Michael Fassbender. Now that I think about, I think those to should actually swap roles. That seems like a much better fit, character wise to me.

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