Tom Hardy Rumored for Three Different Superhero Roles from All Major Studios
Tom Hardy has officially become superhero movies' hottest commodity. After playing Bane in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight series, he is now being linked with three different roles in three different superhero franchises from Warner Bros., Marvel, and 20th Century Fox, respectively (so, everyone except Sony).
He's been rumored for Marvel's Doctor Strange (but then again, who hasn't?), an unnamed "key role" in Warner Bros.' Suicide Squad, and now the titular villain in 20th Century Fox's X-Men: Apocalypse, whose original name is En Sabah Nur. Unsurprisingly, he will reportedly be chosen for only one of these proposed roles.
En Sabah Nur, whose name translates to "the first one," is the first ever mutant, who was abandoned at birth as a result of his mutant gene. He eventually becomes a supervillain and renames himself Apocalypse. Although many are excited about Hardy's casting, as he is an accomplished and talented actor, there has already been some controversy about potentially casting a white person rather than a person of color in the role, particularly after the whitewashing of Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings.