Actors-extraordinaire Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) and Michael Shannon (Take Shelter) will team up for an adaptation of the Brett C. Leonard play, The Long Red Road, according to Variety. Hardy, who starred in the stage play, will reprise the role of Sam, an alcoholic who has fled his past and landed in an Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Attempting to fight away his demons, he is slowly drinking himself to death. Things take a turn when his young daughter arrives desperate to reunite with her father. Sam must decide between the self-hatred that consumes him and the responsibilities he’s tried to leave behind.
This certainly sounds like an intriguing study of addiction with an excellent duo of actors. Shannon will take on the role of Bob, Sam’s older sibling. No word yet on who will direct although we know Leonard will adapt his play himself.
Hardy can currently be seen in theater in The Dark Knight Rises and he will appear next in John Hillcoat’s Depression-era drama, Lawless. He is currently filming Mad Max: Fury Road so it’s possible that this project will begin shooting afterward. Meanwhile, Shannon will next appear in Premium Rush, alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
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