Tom Hardy will play explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton in new biopic movie

A new movie about the life of Sir Ernest Shackleton has been announced.

The upcoming biopic comes from the makers of Taboo and last year’s A Christmas Carol adaptation.

Shackleton is currently being written by Peter Straughan, who wrote 2011’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy film.

42-year-old English actor Tom Hardy will lead the cast as Sir Ernest Shackleton.

The legendary polar explorer led British expeditions to the Antarctic in the early 20th Century. During one of his journeys, his ship, Endurance, was crushed in the pack ice and Shackleton led his crew on a months-long journey in sub-zero temperatures until they reached solid ground.

Producer Dean Baker told Variety: “Tom [Hardy] and I were always fascinated by Shackleton as a leader and his contagious optimism and absolute belief in his team.”

He added: “At a time where leaders seem to be more about self than society, Shackleton sacrificed his own needs to ensure the wellbeing of his team – that’s inspirational.”

Shackleton is expected to arrive in cinemas in 2021.

It was revealed last summer than the long-awaited second season of Tom Hardy’s period drama series Taboo might now never be made.

The first season of Taboo is available on DVD on Amazon.