Netflix will double down on its overall deal with award-winning and talented filmmakers. The most recent agreement was with Gareth Evans (Apostle Gangs of London). The deal's first product will be Havoc. This crime drama stars Tom Hardy (The Revenant and Venom). Evans will direct and write the script currently in production.
Gareth Evans is most well known for his Indonesian martial arts films like The Raid, The Raid 2, and Merantau, through which he brought the Indonesian martial art of pencak silat into world cinema. Evans is also known for creating and directing Sky Atlantic’s critically-acclaimed series Gangs of London which stars Joe Cole (Black Mirror, Peaky Blinders) and Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones).
Netflix’s overall deal with Evans has been in development for a while, according to Deadline, and both sides wanted to make sure Tom Hardy was locked before announcing anything. Netflix liked Evans’ style very much and began working out a deal after their collaboration on the 2018 horror-thriller Apostle, which starred Dan Stevens, Michael Sheen, and Lucy Boynton.
The producers behind Netflix’s Havoc are Gareth Evans for One More One Productions (Apostle), Ed Talfan for Severn Screen (Apostle, The Pembrokeshire Murders), and Aram Tertzakian for XYZ Films (Mandy, The Silencing). Producers are also in place for Tom Hardy, the star of The Silencing.
The official logline for Netflix’s Havoc has been revealed via Deadline:
The story is set after a drug deal gone wrong, when 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.
While the premise of the film doesn’t break any new grounds, it has no source material and that might feel refreshing to the kind of Netflix viewer who may have felt overwhelmed by the recent push towards franchises, adaptations, sequels, prequels, and reboots.
In February 2021, Tom Hardy has been announced to star Netflix’s Havoc. Hardy will star as the leading character, presumably the aforementioned ‘bruised detective’. Hardy's roles include The Dark Knight Rises and Mad Max: Fury Road. He is also known for Venom, Capone and Inception.
Forest Whitaker, Hardy and Hardy were announced as co-stars in Havoc on March 22, 2021. The details of Whitaker’s character remain under wraps.
Timothy Olyphant, who was confirmed as a star in Havoc on June 28, also appeared. Additional cast members were announced including Jessie Mei Li and Justin Cornwell as well as Yann Yann Yuo.
The remaining supporting cast members have been confirmed to be Quelin Sepulveda, Luis Guzmán, Sunny Pang, and Michelle Waterson.
We’d known for some time that production was scheduled to begin around late June, but it has finally been confirmed by our sources that filming had begun on July 5th, 2021.
Filming will take place in Wales (UK).
We can exclude the possibility that Havoc will be available on Netflix in 2021. Filming started in July 2021. It is too soon to know the exact month.
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