Let’s just declare it “Tom Hardy Week”, at least here at JMHO. Earlier in the week, over at the Facebook page, we had a new still to share from Mad Max: Fury Road. The word is that we will finally get a look at Hardy as Max Rockatansky sometime in 2015. Digits crossed, breath not held.
Yesterday, we got a first look at The Drop (aka Animal Rescue) that I first told you about in September of last year. The film features Hardy along with Noomi Rapace (in the first of their two films due out in 2014. The other, of course, is Child 44). The new pics give us a first look at Hardy with costar James Gandolfini (in his final screen appearance). I don’t want to sound cynical, and with all due respect to the late Mr. Gandolfini (as well as the rest of the cast and crew), The Drop will probably get a lot of attention for this reason alone. I’m not suggesting that it won’t deserve to have a light shone on it. Not having seen any of it yet I can’t say for sure, but the director beginning his press tour with stories of the immediate chemistry that his two male stars shared, as well as screenwriter Dennis Lehane (who wrote his first script from his own short story) talking about how he had lobbied for Gandolfini to play the part of Cousin Marv, are the stuff of which PR dreams are made.
The Drop is directed by Michaël Roskam, known primarily for the Oscar-nominated Bullhead and this one also features the lead in that film, Matthias Schoenaerts. I’m hoping the release of pics means a trailer is coming soon, but it doesn’t open in the US until September, so it more likely means it’s about to be added to the Cannes line-up which will be announced in the next week or so. In any case, I have no doubt that there will be much more to show and tell before the release.
Finally we get to the real purpose of this post, which is to bring you the latest “trailer” for Locke.
Lionsgate UK has just dropped a final tease (a UK television spot unless I miss my guess) before the 18th April release of that film. (The US will get it April 25. Actually, make that NY and LA. The rest of us will have to wait and see. So talk it up if you want to see it! And use hashtags lol)
The plot of Locke is deceptively simple:
“Ivan Locke (Hardy) has worked diligently to craft the life he has envisioned, dedicating himself to the job that he loves and the family he adores. On the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, Ivan receives a phone call that sets in motion a series of events that will unravel his family, job, and soul. All taking place over the course of one absolutely riveting car ride, LOCKE is an exploration of how one decision can lead to the complete collapse of a life.”
Considering that Hardy’s costars are heard over the phone and never seen, Locke has a very impressive cast, including Ruth Wilson (“Luther”), Andrew Scott (“Sherlock”), Ben Daniels (“Law & Order: UK”), Olivia Coleman (“Broadchurch”, Tyrannosaur), Tom Holland (The Impossible).
Director Steven Knight (writer of Eastern Promises and Dirty Pretty Things, as well as director of Redemption – or Hummingbird as it was originally known) gathered all of the supporting players in a hotel room and had them call Hardy in the car that he was driving around London as the movie was filmed. So not only does Locke play out in real-time and Hardy is on screen (and in that car) for every second of it, it was practically filmed in real-time as well. (Close. They took all of eight nights to get the job done.)
Here’s the first UK trailer:
The Domestic Version:
and the final 30 second UK trailer, which believe it or not, does have a bit of new material.
Judging from the superlatives listed at the end of these clips alone…it’s possible my ridiculously early wish list for the 2015 awards season will have another name on it by the end of next month.