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Tom Hardy And Michael Fassbender To Fight It Out In Video Game Battle

Sex-symbols will fight for games supremacy

Michael Fassbender may have thought he had the video game blockbusters all to himself when signed up to 'Assassin's Creed', but it turns out he's got a rival in 'The Dark Knight Rises' star Tom Hardy.

According to E!, Hardy has been cast in a new film based on Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, the video game that has gone through six installments and follows Sam Fisher, a covert operative, who Hardy is reportedly set to play.

Hardy wowed as Bane in 'The Dark Knight Rises', could certainly convince as a beefy agent, while Fassbender has signed up to co-produce and star in 'Assassin's Creed', the time-travelling game which sends the player back in time as part of an ancient order of assassins.

Fassbender is now hot property in Hollywood, starring as Magneto in 'X-Men: First Class' and 'Prometheus', but Hardy is becoming a top level leading man himself.

With both stars sex-symbols, it could turn out to be a battle of the hotties as the video games go head to head for the action audience, and with their leads' allure, for female fans too.

It marks a reversal of the formula that spawned one of the most successful video game franchises to date; 'Tomb Raider', in which Angelina Jolie combined action with sex appeal to turn out two blocbusters.

Lara herself could be set to rejoin the fray, with a reboot scheduled for 2013.

PHOTOS: Michael Fassbender and Nicole Beharie motorbike around London

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Michael Fassbender and Nicole Beharie take a motorbike ride around London PHOTO: WENN

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