The year was 2002, and Star Trek: Nemesis introduced the world to a budding British talent, Tom Hardy, who portrayed Shinzon.
More than a decade later, thanks to memorable turns in such films as Bronson, Inception, Warrior and The Dark Knight Rises, Hardy is a major star with several high-profile projects on the way.
Up first is Locke, for which the trailer has just been released. Locke casts Hardy as the title character, a man who receives a phone call during his drive home from work, and it's a call that changes his life forever. The film, written and directed by Steven Knight, will be released on April 25.
Hardy has also completed The Drop, a crime-drama co-starring Noomi Rapace and the late James Gandolfini; it's due out in the fall. In the can as well is Child 44, a drama that co-stars Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Dev Patel and, once again, Noomi Rapace. And then there's the long-awaited Mad Max: Fury Road, which casts Hardy as Max Rockatansky and also features Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult.
And, finally, BBC Two just announced that Hardy has joined the cast of its hit period gangster series Peaky Blinders for its upcoming second season. The project reunites Hardy with Locke director Steven Knight (who is writing the show) and also Cillian Murphy, with whom he appeared in both The Dark Knight Rises and Inception.Also joining the cast is Charlotte Riley, Hardy's real-life fiancee. The six episodes will debut this fall.