Jared Leto set to star in The Outsider

Leto has taken over from the original casting of Tom Hardy

Jared Leto is set to star in The Outsider. Originally, Tom Hardy was connected to the role but Leto has since taken over as favourite for the lead.

Rumours of the film circulated in mid-2013, with Ichi the Killer director Takashi Miike set to take on the role of director.

According to Empire, Danish director Martin Zandvliet is now in charge, working from Andrew Baldwin’s script.
The Outsider is set in post-World War II Japan, when an imprisoned American soldier (Leto) is freed with the help of his cellmate, who is part of the Yakuza.

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Seeking to repay the debt, he finds himself sinking ever deeper into the dangerous criminal underworld. It’s rumoured that filming will be begin this autumn.

Leto is next appearing as The Joker in Suicide Squad, set for release in August. Suicide Squad producer Charles Roven revealed in November 2015 that Leto had requested to be referred to as ‘Mr J’ on set by cast and crew, while in October Will Smith, said “I’ve never actually met Jared Leto”, due to his immersive performance as Joker.

Leto has also addressed his role, saying, “I took a pretty deep dive… It was fun, playing those psychological games. But at the same time, it was very painful, like giving birth out of my prick-hole.”

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