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Hardy’s first WB project lives to ride

Thesp to star and produce under newly minted Executive Options banner

Under his new first-look deal with Warner Bros., Tom Hardy is on board to star in and produce an outlaw biker feature.

The “Dark Knight Rises” star is partnering with Art Linson and John Linson of Linson Entertainment to produce via his newly minted Executive Options banner, which Variety first reported Wednesday.

Story, penned by “Vacancy” scripter Mark L. Smith and based on an original idea from John Linson, centers on a wounded Vietnam veteran who returns home to San Francisco at the height of unrest of 1969. Amid clashing cultures of the Haight-Ashbury district, he emerges to become the leader of California’s most violent outlaw biker club.

Sarah Schechter is overseeing for the studio.

Hardy came on board in late 2010 to portray the villain Bane in the studio’s “The Dark Knight Rises.” The English actor’s recent roles include “This Means War,” “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and “Warrior.”

The Linsons, Hardy and Smith are represented by CAA. Hardy is also represented by Lindy King at United Agents U.K. and attorney Jason Sloane.

Smith is managed by Anonymous Content.

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