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Tom Hardy to Endure the Antarctic in Biopic About Famed Explorer Ernest Shackleton

Peter Straughan ("Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy") is writing the script.

Tom Hardy The Revenant

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After tussling with Leonardo DiCaprio in the wilds of America, Tom Hardy has found his next rugged role: Ernest Shackleton, the famed explorer who endured the Antarctic a century ago. The news comes from Deadline, who also note how long Shackleton’s story has been on the minds of actors and filmmakers; due to the difficulties inherent in such a project, however, no movie about the intrepid Irishman has been made yet.

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That looks set to change with Hardy, who received an Academy Award nomination for his performance in last year’s “The Revenant.” Peter Straughan (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “Our Brand Is Crisis”) is writing the as-yet untitled film, which will be financed by Studiocanal. Shackleton’s experiences at the helm of three separate Antarctic expeditions have led to him being revered as part of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.

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Hardy will next be seen in “Dunkirk,” which continues his ongoing collaboration with Christopher Nolan (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight Rises”).

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