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Tom Hardy and Jason Statham in the running for Escape from New York?

03.26.2013by: Eric Walkuski

Take this with a grain of salt, won't you? According to the Daily News, both Tom Hardy and Jason Statham are being considered for the role of Snake Plisskin in Joel Silver's upcoming ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK remake.

Both are natural candidates for the job, perhaps Hardy more so. No offense to Jason Statham, but we can all admit that he's often playing the same character in every movie. Hardy, however, has shown plenty of range in the past, and is also on the rise in Hollywood. Statham would not give this project much of a boost in terms of excitement (just my opinion).

The Daily News' "insider" states that “Tom was immense in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ and deserves to get a break in a top role.This could put him firmly in the A-list.” Of course, they're forgetting that Hardy will indeed get his shot with MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, which sees the actor inhabiting another beloved character. Would Hardy be down for headlining two rebooted franchises?

The remake doesn't even have a director yet, nor has a screenwriter been announced, although it's possible that Silver and Studio Canal are hoping to attach a star first. We'll keep an eye on this as it develops.

In a world ravaged by crime, the entire island of Manhattan has been converted to a walled prison where brutal prisoners roam. But when the U.S. President crash-lands inside, only one man can bring him back: notorious outlaw and former Special Forces war hero Snake Plissken. But time is short: in 24 hours, an explosive device implanted in his neck will end Snake's mission and his life unless he succeeds!

Extra Tidbit: If it indeed comes down to these two actors, which would you prefer in the role?
Source: NY Daily News

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2:12PM on 03/26/2013

Max/Snake

You can't have the same guy play Mad Max and Snake Plissken! That's like hiring the same guy to make Star Trek and Star Wars!

Love Hardy and he would be great in the role. If he were to take it, then digitally replace him in Fury Road with the REAL Max. In fact, digitally replace him with the real Max anyway. I love Statham too, but I have the same problem with him being cast in this as I did with him being cast as Parker. Statham plays Statham, nothing more. I love Statham as Statham, but
You can't have the same guy play Mad Max and Snake Plissken! That's like hiring the same guy to make Star Trek and Star Wars!

Love Hardy and he would be great in the role. If he were to take it, then digitally replace him in Fury Road with the REAL Max. In fact, digitally replace him with the real Max anyway. I love Statham too, but I have the same problem with him being cast in this as I did with him being cast as Parker. Statham plays Statham, nothing more. I love Statham as Statham, but that doesn't translate to great previously established characters.

My casting: Viggo Mortenson as Snake, William H. Macy as Brain, Carla Gugino as Maggie, Dennis Franz as Cabbie, and Ian McShane as Hauk. Oh yeah, and Idris Elba as The Duke.

Of course Kurt Russell would be my ideal choice.
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