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Tom Hardy set to play Sam Fisher in Splinter Cell movie

Tom Hardy, the actor who played Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, is set to star as Sam Fisher in Ubisoft's upcoming Splinter Cell movie, Variety reports.

Though the movie is unaffiliated with a studio, Variety also reports that Eric Warren Singer, who wrote 2009's The International, has been tapped to write the script.

"Tom Hardy is currently one of the biggest talents in the film industry, and he has a phenomenal ability to take on complex and varied roles with his broad range of acting skills," said Jean-Julien Baronnet, CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures. "His involvement in the Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell movie is exciting news for movie and video game fans alike. Meanwhile, Eric Singer is one of the most talented writers of the moment, and ... we're confident he'll bring a fresh approach and create a thrilling story ... while still respecting all the codes and traditions of the franchise that are so important to fans."

Earlier this week, Ubisoft's chief sales and marketing officer, Geoffroy Sardin, announced that the company's other motion picture project, the Assassin's Creed movie starring Michael Fassbender, is set to release in 2013.