Shackleton Led British Expeditions To The Antarctic

Variety is reporting that Tom Hardy has signed on to play Polar Explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton in a new biopic.

The movie will see Hardy star as the title character, Sir Ernest Shackleton, as well as co-produce. The film is written by Peter Straughan (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy).

Irish explorer Shackleton led three British expeditions to the Antarctic during the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.

Shackleton’s Endurance completely trapped in Antarctic ice in early 1915.

His story has been told in many film and television specials, including the 2001 serial with Kenneth Branagh who starred alongside Hardy in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk (though they didn’t share any screen time).

Hardy is currently shooting the Venom sequel, which is being directed by Andy Serkis. That film will be released in cinemas next year.

The Shackleton project is set up at Heyday Films (the outfit behind Once Upon A Time In Hollywood) and Hardy Son & Baker.

More on Shackleton when we find out.