Tom Hardy and Michael Shannon to star as siblings in The Long Red Road

When two powerhouse actors pair together the result can be electric; draw you minds back to Paul Newman and Robert Redford in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Sting, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in Heat and Christian Bale and Johnny Depp in Public Enemies. New casting news (via Variety) for the adaptation of Brett C. Leonard’s play The Long Red Road reports that Tom Hardy and Michael Shannon are set to star as the play’s two brothers.

The Long Red Road (which Hardy has already starred in on stage back in 2010) revolves around Sammy, who’ll be played by Hardy once again, drinking himself into an early grave on an Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Shannon will be the supporting role in the film, playing Sammy’s brother Bob. Having had a good run at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre with Philip Seymour Hoffman directing, the play has an obvious appeal for a cinematic production. For more information on the play, head over to the Goodman Theatre’s website which has images of Hardy in his drunken Sammy splendour.

Hardy is obviously a huge name right now, just coming off the success of The Dark Knight Rises and touring the world with his new film Lawless. Michael Shannon is known more in art-house circles for films such as the brilliant Take Shelter, Revolutionary Road and Bad Lieutenant. He also has a major role in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire though his name is not all that recognisable yet. Shannon will soon surpass Hardy’s infamy when he plays General Zod in Zack Snyder’s new Superman film, Man of Steel. When The Long Red Road finally gets a release, both actors will have massive appeal. To see both on screen is an incredibly exciting notion – surely giving the film a good edge for awards glory.

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  • I can't wait to see what they manage to do with this. Both actors have been fantastic lately.