Variety is reporting that Tom Hardy has signed on to star in "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell," Ubisoft's film adaptation of its popular videogame franchise that has sold over 23 million copies to date.
The rumour is that Splinter Cell hasn't been taken on board with any company yet, although Ubisoft has had preliminary talks with Warner Bros. and Paramount, who are both interested.
Hardy, known for his roles in The Dark Knight Rises, Inception and The Fighter, will play Sam Fisher, a highly-trained special operative in a fictional black-ops operation called Echelon. Hardy is currently hard at work filming a new film in the Mad Max series.
"Tom Hardy is currently one of the biggest talents in the film industry, and he has a phenomenal ability to take on complex and varied roles with his broad range of acting skills," said Jean-Julien Baronnet, CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures.
"His involvement in the 'Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell' movie is exciting news for movie and video game fans alike. Meanwhile, Eric Singer is one of the most talented writers of the moment, and ... we're confident he'll bring a fresh approach and create a thrilling story ... while still respecting all the codes and traditions of the franchise that are so important to fans."
We'll have more on this when it's announced.