Back in 2000, Wolfgang Petersen (Troy), then planning a film called Endurance about the exploits of Ernest Shackleton, moaned that their were no British actors rugged enough to play the explorer. We are not sure what he would have made of Kenneth Branagh playing the man just two years later for TV, but we are fairly certain he would approve with latest choice, with news arriving via Deadline that Tom Hardy (Inception) is being eyed for the role.
Hardy is the focus of casting attention for a new version that StudioCanal are trying to put together. Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) is writing the script, and the team is also looking for a director.
Several filmmakers and stars have tried to bring Shackleton's story of adventure and adversity to the screen – Endurance (the ship that brought him to Antarctica in 1912) was crushed by ice floes and he managed to keep his exploratory party alive on a journey through freezing temperatures – but have been foiled by logistical challenges. Hardy is certainly no stranger to rough conditions after The Revenant (2015) and modern effects technology and cameras should help this one finally succeed where others have fallen. But it is clearly early days, and it may yet linger in development limbo.
Hardy will be back on the big screen in Christoper Nolan's (Inception) World War II epic Dunkirk, which will make landfall here on 21 July next year.