As previously rumoured, the British actor Tom Hardy has been cast as “Mad” Max Rockatansky in the upcoming fourth Mad Max film, tentatively named Mad Max 4: Fury Road. Most people had expected the role to go to the rising star Sam Worthington (Terminator Salvation, Avatar), seing as he is Australian, the movie is about an Australian, and word on the street was that series creator George Miller was looking to cast an Australian for the role. Well, evidently the word on the street was wrong. So who is this Hardy fella? He hasn’t done all that much, but most notably he had a major role in Layer Cake from 2004, portrayed Charles Bronson in Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn’s Bronson from 2008 and had the role of Praetor Shinzon in Star Trek: Nemesis back in 2002.
What the new movie will be about is still unknown, but the film will pick up not too long after the happenings of Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome from 1985, the third and (sadly) last movie with Mel Gibson in the role of Mad Max, the iconic character that first kickstarted Gibson’s blockbuster career. The movie’s female lead will be the always lovely Charlize Theron, so that alone brings the flick up a bit in my book, though I am still sad that it won’t have the Gibson effect. But under the circumstances Hardy is a pretty good choice, at least talent-wise, so we’ll see how this all turns out. What do you think, is Hardy a good pick or should the role have gone to Worthington?