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100 Bullets: Tom Hardy enlists for Vertigo comic adaptation

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Looks like Tom Hardy might have found a new starring role. The Mad Max: Fury Road star has signed on to produce and possibly lead New Line’s big-screen adaptation of 100 Bullets, the acclaimed comic from DC Comics imprint Vertigo by writer Brian Azzarello and artist Eduardo Risso, EW has confirmed. Chris Borelli (The Vatican Tapes) has penned a first draft of a screenplay for the project, which was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

Steeped in noir and pulp fiction trappings, 100 Bullets debuted in 1999, telling the story of a mystery man known as Agent Graves who offers people that have been wronged a chance at retribution. The award-winning series ran for 100 issues, wrapping up in 2009.

Hardy is, of course, no stranger to the greater DC universe, having played villain Bane opposite Christian Bale’s Batman in The Dark Knight Rises. He was briefly scheduled to star as Rick Flagg in another DC adaptation, next year’s Suicide Squad, but other commitments forced him to drop out of the film. The role instead went to Joel Kinnaman, the star of last year’s Robocop reboot. The actor can next be seen playing real-life twin gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray in Brian Helgeland’s Legend, due in theaters next month.

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