Known for directing The Raid, and for co-creating the sublime Gangs of London, Gareth Evans is a man in demand.  Now Netflix have locked him down to an exclusive deal to produce and direct films for the their streaming service.

Gareth Evans

The first project under this new deal has just been announced. Tom Hardy has been signed to star in Havoc. Evans will write, produce and direct the film with Hardy and Aram Tertzakian also joining him as producers. According to the blurb:

“A drug deal goes wrong and a bruised detective is stranded. Faced with criminality, corruption and conspiracies on all sides, he must fight his way through the criminal underworld to rescue a politician’s son.”

Evans and Netflix already collaborated on Apostle with Dan Stevens. Filming will take place in Wales from May 2021. One of the typical scenes from Gangs Of London was the kinetic farmhouse shoot-out as a country safehouse is raided by vengeful London firm. This is most definitely NSFW.

Here is hoping that, whatever Havoc is, it retains Evans trademark style.

Hardy’s action credentials notably include taking over the role of Max Rockatansky from Mel Gibson in George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road.

Prior to Fury Road, Hardy previously worked with director Christopher Nolan on both Inception and as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, later collaborating with Nolan again on 2017’s Dunkirk. Most recently, he played Eddie Brock in the Sony-produced Marvel film Venom, with Hardy set to reprise his role for its upcoming sequel Venom: Let There Be Carnage.