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Tom Hardy would be interested in playing The Punisher

05.05.2015

Yeah, Tom Hardy dropped out of DC's SUICIDE SQUAD and he has already played Bane in DC's THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, but now it seems the British actor has his sights set on a particular Marvel character. In an interview with Collider, Hardy dropped a pair of properties he would be interested in joining.

I want The Punisher… I want The Punisher, or Splinter Cell, I want something…I don’t know what I want.

Tom Hardy's name has been linked to SPLINTER CELL since back in 2012. That project most recently had Doug Liman attached to direct and has been quiet since last year. Rights to The Punisher reverted to Marvel at the same time as Daredevil but there have been no active discussions about making a new movie about the vigilante character. Maybe Tom Hardy is the right man for the job.

While Hardy is only 5'9" tall, he definitely has a presence that makes him appear bigger on screen. Just look at his work as Bane, in BRONSON, and even the trailers for MAD MAX: FURY ROAD and you can see the guy has the chops to play Frank Castle. Marvel has not made a an R-rated MCU property yet but they did show that Daredevil has the capabilities of getting pretty dark when necessary. It remains to be seen if Hardy would be willing to work on a multi-year Netflix series, but I would wager if Marvel Studios oould get an actor of his caliber, they would go feature film. But, does anyone want a PG-13 Punisher movie?

Hardy will next bee seen in MAD MAX: FURY ROAD on May 15th.

Source: Collider

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5:41PM on 05/07/2015
I thought stevenson was the perfect punisher. Fitted the part a lot better than Jane.
I thought stevenson was the perfect punisher. Fitted the part a lot better than Jane.
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7:44PM on 05/07/2015
oh yes. Jane is good, maybe better now than he's older, but it really is a shame Stevenson didn't get a film that was as good as he was.
oh yes. Jane is good, maybe better now than he's older, but it really is a shame Stevenson didn't get a film that was as good as he was.
2:49PM on 05/07/2015

Love that laundry day clip.

I always liked the Thomas Jane version of the Punisher, its a shame that Marvel never made a sequel with him and had this guy direct it. Although if Marvel does not jump at the chance with Tom Hardy's statement then they will be missing out on a one time chance to bring life back into this character. Please Marvel get this going, I need me some R rated killing in my life, old vigilante style.
I always liked the Thomas Jane version of the Punisher, its a shame that Marvel never made a sequel with him and had this guy direct it. Although if Marvel does not jump at the chance with Tom Hardy's statement then they will be missing out on a one time chance to bring life back into this character. Please Marvel get this going, I need me some R rated killing in my life, old vigilante style.
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7:43PM on 05/06/2015
Marvek needs to make this happen! Get this done for Civil war, if only for the scene where Cap beats the shot outta him and he refuses to fight back against Cap! What a scene that was, they HAVE to get that in the movie!!
Marvek needs to make this happen! Get this done for Civil war, if only for the scene where Cap beats the shot outta him and he refuses to fight back against Cap! What a scene that was, they HAVE to get that in the movie!!
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7:40PM on 05/06/2015
I highly doubt that even Marvel would be dumb enough to try a of-13 Punisher. That being said, I would LOVE this, he would kill that roll! Let's get this done Marvek, Hardy has thrown the gauntlet down, how will you respond?!
I highly doubt that even Marvel would be dumb enough to try a of-13 Punisher. That being said, I would LOVE this, he would kill that roll! Let's get this done Marvek, Hardy has thrown the gauntlet down, how will you respond?!
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1:25PM on 05/06/2015

Do you even have to ask??

And yet he did. And if then this doesn't pan out I'd be disappointed to say the least!

Also I'd REALLY like this to be a 13 episode event series like Daredevil. Both of these two characters are down-to-earth and gritty, dark, perfect for character-driven slowburn crime action drama approach. Plus Daredevil was surprisingly violent and bloody which goes perfectly with Punisher.
And yet he did. And if then this doesn't pan out I'd be disappointed to say the least!

Also I'd REALLY like this to be a 13 episode event series like Daredevil. Both of these two characters are down-to-earth and gritty, dark, perfect for character-driven slowburn crime action drama approach. Plus Daredevil was surprisingly violent and bloody which goes perfectly with Punisher.
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12:38PM on 05/06/2015
C'mon, Marvel, make it happen!
C'mon, Marvel, make it happen!
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12:35PM on 05/06/2015
Greatest idea I've ever heard. Please do this.
Greatest idea I've ever heard. Please do this.
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10:55AM on 05/06/2015
It would be awesome to see Tom Hardy play The Punisher. But I doubt Marvel/Disney is ready to go hard-R for that movie. Maybe if they were able to go as dark as Daredevil for a movie it would work.
It would be awesome to see Tom Hardy play The Punisher. But I doubt Marvel/Disney is ready to go hard-R for that movie. Maybe if they were able to go as dark as Daredevil for a movie it would work.
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9:47AM on 05/06/2015
Oh, Yes! Definitely Yes! Please, somebody in charge, make this happen!
Oh, Yes! Definitely Yes! Please, somebody in charge, make this happen!
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1:53AM on 05/06/2015
Shit yes! Make this happen now. On both accounts. Punisher and Splinter Cell. It would make sense to introduce him first on Daredevil so they can team up and fight Bullseye, since they both have had issues with him.
Shit yes! Make this happen now. On both accounts. Punisher and Splinter Cell. It would make sense to introduce him first on Daredevil so they can team up and fight Bullseye, since they both have had issues with him.
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1:11AM on 05/06/2015

as much as tom hardy would be a good punisher

i'd like to see punisher introduced in continuity with what they've built in daredevil. if they want him in a movie, and he's not picky about who he is, as long as it's a superhero and militant soldier, give him the solo Venom movie.
i'd like to see punisher introduced in continuity with what they've built in daredevil. if they want him in a movie, and he's not picky about who he is, as long as it's a superhero and militant soldier, give him the solo Venom movie.
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12:38AM on 05/06/2015
A Punisher Netflix series starring Tom Hardy? That'd be cool.
A Punisher Netflix series starring Tom Hardy? That'd be cool.
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10:42PM on 05/05/2015
The thing about Hardy that I think both Jane and Stevenson lacked is recognition. People know who Tom Hardy is. He's not exactly a movie star, but he's recognizable. And they know he's a great actor, and can play a badass. And he's had decent luck with picking quality projects.

Now, Ray Stevenson's profile has grown, but his movie was panned. Thomas Jane's career has really torpedoed the last few years. Hardy could bring layers to the role that the other actors haven't. He may not be ideal
The thing about Hardy that I think both Jane and Stevenson lacked is recognition. People know who Tom Hardy is. He's not exactly a movie star, but he's recognizable. And they know he's a great actor, and can play a badass. And he's had decent luck with picking quality projects.

Now, Ray Stevenson's profile has grown, but his movie was panned. Thomas Jane's career has really torpedoed the last few years. Hardy could bring layers to the role that the other actors haven't. He may not be ideal for the part, but he'd be a catch if they did sign him.

As for how to do it, Netflix is the only way. They could still probably bring him into a Marvel movie, but cut down on the brutality from whatever show(s) he might be in.
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10:02PM on 05/05/2015
100% Utah!!!!
100% Utah!!!!
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9:31PM on 05/05/2015
I wouldn't want another Punisher movie, what is it now...3? 4 movied? They all kind of sucked. Although, I think Hardy would make a great Punisher and now that the rights are back with Marvel, I think they could do a good job.
I wouldn't want another Punisher movie, what is it now...3? 4 movied? They all kind of sucked. Although, I think Hardy would make a great Punisher and now that the rights are back with Marvel, I think they could do a good job.
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9:00PM on 05/05/2015
Well, he has the perfect height for a more comic book accurate Wolverine. Who knows, maybe Jackman would retire himself out of that character soon.
Well, he has the perfect height for a more comic book accurate Wolverine. Who knows, maybe Jackman would retire himself out of that character soon.
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7:37PM on 05/05/2015
I thought Ray Stevenson embodied Punisher better than anyone else i've seen, but I'd love to see Hardy bring the character to life. He'd be an excellent choice.
I thought Ray Stevenson embodied Punisher better than anyone else i've seen, but I'd love to see Hardy bring the character to life. He'd be an excellent choice.
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7:42PM on 05/05/2015
Agreed, Ray was great. Too bad the film was so uneven. Imagine Ray in Netflix's Daredevil setting.
Agreed, Ray was great. Too bad the film was so uneven. Imagine Ray in Netflix's Daredevil setting.
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7:18PM on 05/05/2015
Amazing how the Punisher has such a simple premise and yet they can't get him right on screen. Thomas Jane made a great Frank Castle but the movie was watered down, save for a few individual scenes; the second one upped the gore factor and made a cartoon out of everything else, while also completely screwing up the costume. It can't possibly be that hard to make!

I can see Tom Hardy as Frank Castle, but to me the perfect Punisher would be Frank Grillo. Too bad he's stuck playing
Amazing how the Punisher has such a simple premise and yet they can't get him right on screen. Thomas Jane made a great Frank Castle but the movie was watered down, save for a few individual scenes; the second one upped the gore factor and made a cartoon out of everything else, while also completely screwing up the costume. It can't possibly be that hard to make!

I can see Tom Hardy as Frank Castle, but to me the perfect Punisher would be Frank Grillo. Too bad he's stuck playing Crossbones.

Anyways, if you don't make this a hard R then don't even bother. And it would probably work wonders as a TV show. Maybe they could introduce him in the Daredevil series...?
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7:12PM on 05/05/2015
If this has to be made, I think we're all in agreement he would be perfect but I don't think anyone really wants a Punisher movie.
If this has to be made, I think we're all in agreement he would be perfect but I don't think anyone really wants a Punisher movie.
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7:07PM on 05/05/2015
Thomas Jane was great as the Punisher, too bad the movie sucked balls! Tom Hardy could be a great Punisher, hopefully he would get a better movie.
Thomas Jane was great as the Punisher, too bad the movie sucked balls! Tom Hardy could be a great Punisher, hopefully he would get a better movie.
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6:27PM on 05/05/2015

Great but...

Love Tom Hardy! Love the Punisher! The Mike Zeck comic mini-series from the 80s is one of my favorites. That being said, haven't they screwed up this character enough with three subpar movies? I thought Ray Stevenson looked the part more than Dolph and Thomas Jane. You would think the idea would be relatively easy to pull off, but yeah, not so much...
Love Tom Hardy! Love the Punisher! The Mike Zeck comic mini-series from the 80s is one of my favorites. That being said, haven't they screwed up this character enough with three subpar movies? I thought Ray Stevenson looked the part more than Dolph and Thomas Jane. You would think the idea would be relatively easy to pull off, but yeah, not so much...
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7:47PM on 05/05/2015
I wouldn't have minded good old Dolph back. With his hair painted black. Ray was great too. Punisher really should be a hulking brute like those two.
I wouldn't have minded good old Dolph back. With his hair painted black. Ray was great too. Punisher really should be a hulking brute like those two.
6:06PM on 05/05/2015
I was kind of hoping someone would slip Thomas Jane in one of the Avenger's movies. Oh well.
I was kind of hoping someone would slip Thomas Jane in one of the Avenger's movies. Oh well.
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6:27PM on 05/05/2015
As the Punisher? No.
As the Punisher? No.
6:02PM on 05/05/2015
Hardy would be good, but Jane could still rock it out big time if they did it right, and I think he actually has a better look for the character. But we all know Mad Max is going to explode big time and Hardy will have great opportunities to do what ever he wants.
Hardy would be good, but Jane could still rock it out big time if they did it right, and I think he actually has a better look for the character. But we all know Mad Max is going to explode big time and Hardy will have great opportunities to do what ever he wants.
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5:28PM on 05/05/2015
Yes. Marvel, talk to Hardy!
Yes. Marvel, talk to Hardy!
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5:24PM on 05/05/2015
Of course. Fucking of course! This is brilliant.
Of course. Fucking of course! This is brilliant.
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5:02PM on 05/05/2015

I vote for The Punisher

Hard R. Hard. Not pulpy R like War Zone or soft R like the Tom Jane version. Treat it like the Death Wish re-make Death Sentence.
Hard R. Hard. Not pulpy R like War Zone or soft R like the Tom Jane version. Treat it like the Death Wish re-make Death Sentence.
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4:44PM on 05/05/2015
And if not Hardy, then I could see Karl Urban being a good Punisher.
And if not Hardy, then I could see Karl Urban being a good Punisher.
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4:14PM on 05/05/2015
That would do just fine thank you.
That would do just fine thank you.
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4:04PM on 05/05/2015
I wonder what wonderful new accent he'd invent from scratch for this role.
I wonder what wonderful new accent he'd invent from scratch for this role.
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3:48PM on 05/05/2015
I like it
I like it
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3:44PM on 05/05/2015
Even though I would like to see Thomas Jane back, I would love to see Hardy take on the role. It would be amazing.
Even though I would like to see Thomas Jane back, I would love to see Hardy take on the role. It would be amazing.
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3:36PM on 05/05/2015
He would make a phenomenal Punisher. He would do a great job conveying the rage necessary.
He would make a phenomenal Punisher. He would do a great job conveying the rage necessary.
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3:36PM on 05/05/2015
Someone bigger, uglier and older would be nice but Hardy has the presence
Someone bigger, uglier and older would be nice but Hardy has the presence
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3:35PM on 05/05/2015

He'd make a a great Punisher

but I agree: they should put it on Netflix or HBO where they can go long with the story arc and give it a TV-MA rating without worrying about profits. Plenty of well respected actors are going to TV now since shows like True Detective and Dexter showed how good TV can be.
but I agree: they should put it on Netflix or HBO where they can go long with the story arc and give it a TV-MA rating without worrying about profits. Plenty of well respected actors are going to TV now since shows like True Detective and Dexter showed how good TV can be.
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3:32PM on 05/05/2015
GIVE THE MAN WHATEVER ROLE HE WANTS!!!
GIVE THE MAN WHATEVER ROLE HE WANTS!!!
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3:32PM on 05/05/2015
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3:24PM on 05/05/2015

Yes please!!!!

If Tom Hardy is interested, give him the damn part. He would be perfect for the Punisher and I really want to see Daredevil, Punisher, and Spiderman together on screen. Thats not too much to ask for.
If Tom Hardy is interested, give him the damn part. He would be perfect for the Punisher and I really want to see Daredevil, Punisher, and Spiderman together on screen. Thats not too much to ask for.
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