In 2002, an unknown Tom Hardy played an imperfect clone of Sir Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard. The rising star picked up the role of Praetor Shinzon in Star Trek: Nemesis after auditioning for the part on tape, which he filmed partially naked. Now, almost 20 years later, a new report claims that Paramount Pictures is looking for Tom Hardy to re-include Shinzon in a future Star Trek project.
Giant Freakin Robot’s trusted source claims that Hardy’s Shinzon is just one of a number of previous villains from Star Trek: The Next Generation and other series the studio is interested in reviving.
Star Trek fans will know that Shinzon was a clone created by the Romulans to replace Picard and a spy from within the Federation.
However, this plan was abandoned and Shinzon was exiled to Remus, where he led soldiers during the Dominion War.
At the beginning of Nemesis, Hardy’s villain then led a Romulan senate coup d’état and installed himself as Praetor.
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And after colliding with the real Picard for the rest of the story, Shinzon ended up dead by the time Nemesis’ credits rolled and the movie was a box office flop.
Ultimately, plans for a fifth and final Next Generation movie were dropped, and Paramount rebooted the franchise in 2009 with JJ Abrams’ Star Trek.
The question then is, if Hardy could be persuaded to return as Shinzon, where would he fit into the franchise?
Paramount announced yesterday that a new Star Trek movie will hit theaters on June 9, 2023, although what it entails remains a mystery for now.
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If it’s not the new Star Trek movie, could Shinzon be in a future series of Picard?
Despite being a Hollywood megastar, Hardy has been involved in some of his TV passion projects in recent years, such as the BBC’s Taboo and Peaky Blinders.
Be that as it may, fans of Star Trek and Hardy will no doubt be waiting with bated breath for more news on the matter.
Meanwhile, 43-year-old Venom’s latest film will be Let There Be Carnage, hitting theaters in September.
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And let’s not forget that he has long been one of the bookies’ favorites to be the next James Bond after Daniel Craig.
Although only recently former Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page has overtaken him in first place, with Hardy now at 3-1.
Last month, Express.co.uk caught up with its Capone co-star Tilda Del Toro, who backed the 43-year-old to play 007.
She said, “Absolutely yes! My aim is for him to be the next James Bond for sure, I would love that. He’s also a bit of a joker. I think he would be very good with his charm. He likes to joke, he has a decent sense of humor. “
Tilda said Hardy would bring his cheeky personality to Bond, but without giving up on the grit of the Craig era.
She added, “It’s very Quentin Tarantino in some ways where I could see him interrogating someone and not taking himself too seriously.
And maybe that’s the thing that would be really great to see James Bond do. I know he does it, but Tom does it in a very playful way.
“He’s willing to make fun of things and that’s why I would like him to interrogate someone while he’s eating nuts, like in that interview [with Leonard DiCaprio for The Revenant]
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