Gareth Evans, the director who shot to fame last year with his action crime drama television series Gangs of London, has struck a landmark deal with streaming platform Netflix that will see him produce and direct films for the studio across a number of years.
A major selling point of the deal has seen Evans agree to place his eagerly-anticipated new action thriller, Havoc, as the first feature film to be exhibited as part of the partnership with Netflix. To add yet more gravitas to the project, it has been confirmed that Hollywood A-lister Tom Hardy is in line to star as the film’s lead actor.
Netflix, who confirmed the news, also revealed that Tom Hardy will act as producer on the Havoc project alongside Gareth Evans for One More One Productions, Ed Talfan for Severn Screen and Aram Tertzakian for XYZ Films.
Detailing the premise of the film, the streaming platform revealed the following: “After a drug deal gone wrong, a bruised detective must fight his way through a criminal underworld to rescue a politician’s estranged son, while unraveling a deep web of corruption and conspiracy that ensnares his entire city.”
Netflix are backing director Gareth Evans, a multi-award winning Welsh film filmmaker who is arguably best known for his Indonesian action-crime films Merantau, The Raid and The Raid 2 which brought the Indonesian martial art of Pencak Silat into world cinema.
Evans has previously collaborated with Netflix, XYZ and Severn Screen on the 2018 horror-thriller Apostle starring Dan Stevens, Michael Sheen and Kristine Froseth.
No release date has yet been confirmed for Havoc.