Thanks to director Christopher Nolan, Tom Hardy has rapidly found himself ascending the Hollywood ladder. Following a critically-praised turn in 2009’s gritty Bronson, the Dark Knight director cast Hardy in 2010’s Inception and last year’s The Dark Knight Rises. As Bane, Hardy managed to forge an iconic villain despite significant limitations (that mask, that voice!). Since then, Hardy has landed his own production company and attached himself to an animal rights film project with Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio. For Hardy, it doesn’t get much more A-List than that.