Updated Tuesday, 10:45 a.m. CST
Our dream of seeing Tom Hardy go rough and tumble as openly gay international sports icon Gareth Thomas has been crushed. Details follow.
Gareth tells the Press Association that yesterday's story in the Sun is "way off the mark," and that Mickey Rourke is still meeting his high expectations of casting in the biopic about his life.
"Any notion that Mickey is giving up on the role are way off the mark. We'd love Tom Hardy to be involved, but he will not be playing me.
"I teamed up with Mickey because in my opinion there's nobody better to take on such a challenging role and nothing has changed there. He's so motivated by the role it's blown me away.
"I'm an ex-rugby player, films are Mickey's world and I totally trust in his vision for the film."
Looks like we can't use that casting commission check we had hoped for to buy a kiss from John Stamos. Wah-wah.
Our shrine to Blue Ivy Carter and our daily calls to the OWN offices have all come through: as we suggested in December 2010, it looks like Tom Hardy is thisclose to landing the gig of playing Gareth Thomas in the gay rugby player's biopics. We should get a freakin' commission check when the deal officially goes through!
According to the Sun, Mickey Rourke has decided he's too old to endure training for the physically demanding role, so other actors are being considered with Tom at the top of the pack.
"I was talking to Mickey yesterday and basically we're now talking to other big-name actors who could play the part instead," Gareth told the Sun. "We had talked about using computer-generated special effects with Mickey but we don't think that will be as realistic, so it's time to find someone new."
Gareth went on to say that Tom is in talks with producers to take over the role.
See kids, dreams do come true.