After reporting that Michael Fassbender would star in the upcoming fast-tracked movie adaptation of Assassin’s Creed, we’ve now learned courtesy of IGN that another major Ubisoft property has found its leading man. Tom Hardy of Bronson, Inception and The Dark Knight Rises fame, will play special ops agent Sam Fisher in the big screen adaptation of Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell.
For those not in the know, the Splinter Cell franchise came into existence in 2002 and follows the trials and tribulations of special agent extraordinaire Sam Fisher (voiced by Michael Ironside in every iteration except next year’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist) during his time working for and against global ant-terror organisation Third Echelon.
It’s fair to say that Tom Hardy isn’t an obvious choice for the role of Fisher – the character certainly seems to be older, more grizzled and less, well, Bane, than Tom Hardy, a British actor renowned as much for his muscular physique as for his impressive acting skills. But, that said, he’s hot property right now, and Ubisoft will want to attach as many big names as possible to the feature in an attempt to counteract the “movies based on games universally suck” argument that it’s becoming increasingly hard to defend against.
It’s for this very reason that Eric Singer will be writing the script, a scribe whose previous credits include The International, a successful and highly watchable thriller starring Clive Owen and Naomi Watts.
We’ll bring you more info on the Splinter Cell movie as and when it becomes available.