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Tom Hardy's *so* bad at pretending he's not going to be a Star Wars 8 stormtrooper

Star Wars 8 (opens in new tab) will clearly have to up the stormtrooper ante somehow after Daniel Craig's white-helmet turn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (opens in new tab). Tom Hardy has been rumored for a speaking role (opens in new tab) as one of the First Order's finest and while he threw some shade at the reports in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter (opens in new tab), he very specifically did not deny them.

"I don't know if I can even say that," the star of Mad Max: Fury Road (opens in new tab) said in response to being asked about the Star Wars role. After being told about the rumor's provenance (i.e. the internet) he laughed and observed that "the internet is a glorious web of deceit and misinformation, isn't it?"

But when THR tried to get Hardy to outright deny the rumors, all he admitted is that they "could be" misinformation. If he wasn't in Star Wars 8, he'd have no reason to be so coy, right? Unless Hardy just enjoys messing with people's heads, which is also a distinct possibility. Either way, sounds like he wants to keep us guessing (and listening to every stormtrooper's voice super hard) all the way until the credits roll.

Directed by Rian Johnson and starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Laura Dern, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie, and Benicio del Toro, Star Wars: Episode 8 opens in cinemas on December 15, 2017.

I got a BA in journalism from Central Michigan University - though the best education I received there was from CM Life, its student-run newspaper. Long before that, I started pursuing my degree in video games by bugging my older brother to let me play Zelda on the Super Nintendo. I've previously been a news intern for GameSpot, a news writer for CVG, and now I'm a staff writer here at GamesRadar.