Tom Hardy will be playing Ireland's most famous explorer, Ernest Shackleton, in a new film 5 months ago

Tom Hardy will be playing Ireland's most famous explorer, Ernest Shackleton, in a new film

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Shackleton was an Irish explorer who led three expeditions to the Antarctic. A fantastic actor starring in a fantastic story.

After facing the chilly conditions in The Revenant, embracing the searing heat on Mad Max: Fury Road, and getting his hands very dirty on Peaky Blinders and Taboo, we're certain that Tom Hardy isn't worried about filming in unforgiving conditions.

Well, the talented actor will need to stay warm for his latest project because he's set to play Irish explorer Ernest Shackleton in a new biopic.

Variety are reporting that David Heyman’s Heyday Films (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Marriage Story) will be producing the film alongside Hardy's own production company.

Aside from his duties as a producer, the star of Bronson and Inception will also play the title role of the explorer from Kildare.

After leading three expeditions to the Antarctic, Shackleton was regarded as one of the principal figures of the period known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.

During the Nimrod expedition of 1907–1909, he and three companions established a new record Farthest South latitude at 88°S, only 97 geographical miles from the South Pole. After the race to the South Pole ended in December 1911, Shackleton turned his attention to the crossing of Antarctica from sea to sea, via the pole.

During another one of his journeys, Shackleton's ship, Endurance, was crushed in the pack ice and he had to lead his crew on a months-long journey in sub-zero temperatures until they reached solid ground.

For these achievements, Shackleton was knighted by King Edward VII and he was also made a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.

Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) is attached to write the script and it's reported that the project is in early development.

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