Tom Hardy and Ridley Scott are pairing up for a Navy Seal drama, funded by streaming giant Netflix.
According to editors at the Hollywood Reporter, War Party will star the Taboo actor, with Scott’s company, Scott Free Productions, handling production.
It’s not the first time the pair has worked together. Scott Free produced the actor’s critically acclaimed BBC period drama Taboo, which was recently commissioned for a second series, and Hardy starred in Scott’s 2001 war movie Black Hawk Down.
Plot details are being kept tightly under wraps but Hardy is reported to be playing a decorated US Navy Seal in the movie which will be based on real-life events.
Andrew Dominik, best known for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford which starred Brad Pitt, boards the project as co-writer with Harrison Query and director. Dominik made his debut with gritty prison drama Chopper. After the Assassination of Jesse James, he reteamed with Pitt for the crime movie Killing Them Softly.
Meanwhile Hardy will soon be seen in another war movie, as he is one of the stars of Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, which is set to open in July (17).
Netflix reportedly triumphed in a highly competitive bidding war for the project, beating streaming rivals Amazon, and film companies Lionsgate and Universal who also threw their hats in the ring.
The streaming site has a number of big projects lined up, including Brad Pitt vehicle War Machine, a star-studded satire featuring the actor as a fictional four-star general running the war in Afghanistan.
Netflix reportedly acquired the rights to the movie for $30 million the biggest deal yet for the online streaming company.
Produced by Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment, the film will star Tilda Swinton, Ben Kingsley, Anthony Michael Hall, and Lakeith Stanfield.
The movie, which previewed its first trailer in early March (17), premieres 26 May on Netflix.