Principal photography of Takashi Miike’s Outsider will commence in Japan in early 2014.
Batman’s Bane, the next Mad Max and Warrior Tom Hardy is set to play a lead role of an American former G.I. in post-WWII Japan who joins a Yakuza crime family.
The setting will be during World War II, which was when the notorious gangsters started gaining power in Japan. Foreign audiences who are into this genre will most certainly be interested, since the last straight-up Yakuza movie in Hollywood was Black Rain, directed by Ridley Scott and released in the 80s.
Andrew Baldwin wrote the screenplay based on an idea by Linson Entertainment’s John Linson, who will produce with Art Linson alongside Worldview’s Christopher Woodrow and Molly Conners and QED’s Bill Block.
QED International will handle foreign sales and introduce the film to buyers next week at the American Film Market, while CAA, which packaged and arranged financing, will represent domestic rights.
“The Outsider is an action-packed, hard-hitting thriller with huge commercial potential. We are excited to do our second film in less than six months with Tom Hardy and look forward to working with Bill Block and his team at QED,” said Woodrow.
source: thewrap.com, apandailypress.com