It has long been speculated and rumored that Tom Hardy will be playing Dr. Hugo Strange in The Dark Knight Rises, appearing in a script that is rumored to be based on the Batman graphic novel Prey. In what many of you will call non-news, Hardy recently appeared in public sporting a shaved head and beard growth, which is now inflaming fan speculation that the Inception actor really is playing Dr. Hugo Strange. As there is no other reason for him to be shaving his head with The Dark Knight Rises set to shoot very soon. You can check out the images of Tom Hardy below, which also find him wearing a hat. Is he hiding something more than just a baldhead? Only time will tell:

The Dark Knight Rises: Set Photos #2

The Dark Knight Rises: Set Photos #1