tom hardy michael shannon Tom Hardy & Michael Shannon To Lead The Long Red Road

Tom Hardy and Michael Shannon potentially in the same movie? Now that is casting news that garners an emphatic “YES PLEASE”! If Variety’s sources are on the money, the two actors are set to headline ‘The Long Red Road,’ the feature film adaption of Brett C. Leonard’s play of the same name. Tom Hardy, who starred in the play version, looks set to reprise his role as Sam, a man who attempts to drink away his past and exorcise his demons on an Indian reservation in South Dakota, where he has been trying to forget his role in a tragic accident with his family. When a visitor from his past arrives on the reservation, Sam is forced to face his guilt – and take a harrowing look at the man he has become. Michael Shannon is reportedly on board to play the older brother of Tom Hardy’s character.

‘The Long Red Road’ premiered in 2010 at the Goodman Theater in Chicago, with Philip Seymour Hoffman directing. It’s currently uncertain if the actor and filmmaker will be attached to direct the feature version. Brett C. Leonard, a former writer/producer on HBO’s ‘Hung’ and a longtime member of New York’s Labyrinth Theater Company, will write the screen adaptation. He was also recently tapped to adapt Frederick Exley Jr.’s ‘A Fan’s Notes.’ Tom Hardy, who portrays Bane in Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’  will next be seen in John Hillcoat’s ‘Lawless’ and is currently filming George Miller’s ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ for Warner Bros. Michael Shannon, a regular on ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ will be next seen in ‘Premium Rush,’ as Richard Kuklinski in ‘The Iceman,’ and in the role of General Zod in Zack Snyder’s Superman movie, ‘Man of Steel,’ next summer.