17:20:51 on November 27 2001
By: Steve Krutzler
Dept: Star Trek X
TrekWeb has learned from sources inside Paramount Pictures that British actor Tom Hardy has been selected to play the latest foil for Captain Picard and crew, the mysterious villain 'Shinzon'. While Hardy's casting is not yet finalized and negotiations are still underway, TrekWeb has confirmed that he is the choice at present. Hardy, at 5'11" with blue green eyes and brown hair, is seemingly suitable to play the young clone of Picard, Shinzon, who resents his upbringing on the Romulan slave world -- Remus -- and hatches a plan to destroy his elder alter ego and the Federation.
Hardy is just coming off a role in Ridley Scott's picture BLACK HAWK DOWN, playing 'Lance Twombly' in the film adapted from author Mark Bowden's book BLACK HAWK DOWN: A STORY OF MODERN WARFARE, opening in limited release in New York and L.A. December 28th and wide release January 18th. Hardy was also in the critically-acclaimed HBO mini-series BAND OF BROTHERS, playing 'Janovec'; he played a character named 'Straw' in director Paul McGuigan's 2001 film MORALITY PLAY, starring among others, Willem Dafoe, and acted as 'Pascal Dupont' in Martin Huberty's SIMON.
Prior to his selection for BAND OF BROTHERS, Hardy performed in five stage plays for Drama Centre London since 1998.
This information has not been officially confirmed by Paramount or any representative for the actor; as the casting decision has not been contractually finalized, Hardy's casting should be considered tentative and this information subject to change.