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Tom Hardy Will Be 'Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell' Guy

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Continuing the special ops one-upmanship of This Means War far beyond what that film or Reese Witherspoon's affections should ever merit, Tom Hardy is following Chris Pine's lead to play a character from the mind of Tom Clancy, the Tyler Perry of espionage.

While Pine is taking on the ever-popular Jack Ryan, of prior Alec Baldwin/Harrison Ford/Ben Affleck fame, Hardy is reportedly attached to play the never-before-portrayed Sam Fisher, redundantly described as "a highly-trained special operative in a fictional black-ops operation," in an adaptation of Ubisoft's Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell video game.

Just as with Ubisoft's other in-development film, the Michael Fassbender-starring Assassin's Creed, the game-developer-cum-production-company has made the star the priority, committing an actor to run around being stealthy before setting the film up with a director or studio. Eric Singer--The International screenwriter, whose Black List-selected American Bullshit script is being developed by David O. Russell, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, and Jeremy Renner--is already attached to write, though, so it wouldn't be entirely surprising if he and Hardy are now able to attract some decent talent. More on Ubisoft's plans as that comes to pass, or whenever they gets around to casting Reese Witherspoon as Rayman.

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