He’s already played the fearsome Charles Bronson and now Tom Hardy looks set to bring not just one, but two famed London criminals to life on the big screen.
The British actor says that he would ‘absolutely love’ to play both Reggie and Ronnie Kray, and looks set to star in the film version of their criminal lives. ‘All the plans are on the table,’ Tom exclusively told MailOnline. ‘there’s a lot of crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s, and there’s a lot of shift and geography to work out.’
From a screenplay penned by LA Confidential writer, Brian Helgeland, the story will focus on the Kray twins’ wheelings and illegal dealings during the fifties and sixties, with Hardy playing both brothers.
‘It would be difficult,’ Tom said about the mechanics of playing two characters sharing a lot of the same screen time. ‘It’s quite technical and I’m a bit of an anorak.’ He added: ‘There’s a physical transfer; we’d have to shoot one bit, go away come back and shoot it all again with another part. I’ve never dreamt of playing two people on the screen!’
The working title of the film is Legend, and is currently in development with the expectation to begin production in the UK later this year. And though the Krays might look identical, their characters are far different which will no doubt be a challenge for the actor, as he portrays the struggle of the elder brother Reggie to keep in check the unstable actions of his younger twin, rumoured to have been a paranoid schizophrenic. As heads of the notorious criminal gang The Firm, the Krays were behind numerous armed robberies, murders, arson attacks and protection rackets up until their arrest on 9th May 1968.
Their story was previously told on film in the 1990s, with real life brothers Martin and Gary Kemp playing the title roles. The Oscar-winning screenwriter’s script doesn’t just concern the criminals that the brothers dealt with, but also the likes of Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and other celebrities, who frequented their former Knightsbridge nightclub Esmeralda’s Barn, which is now the site of the Berkeley Hotel. It is also said to look at Ronnie’s alleged sexual relationship with two British politicians; Lord Boothby, a UK Conservative Party politician, and, Labour MP Tom Driberg.
Of course, playing a violent former boxer-turned-criminal won’t be too tough a feat for Hardy, who proved his worth as the title character in Nicolas Winding Refn’s biopic Bronson. And he continues down the gangster path with an upcoming role in BBC period crime drama Peaky Blinders, opposite his Inception co-star Cillian Murphy. Both actors starred in Christopher Nolan’s Inception, and played villains in the director’s The Dark Knight trilogy, though they didn’t share scenes together.
And with the announcement last year that Ben Affleck will be filling the very big bat boots of Christian Bale in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman movie, Tom had nothing but good words to say. ‘I think it’s awesome,’ Hardy enthused. ‘You got to understand, Ben Affleck is one of the finest directors we’ve got who can act and direct and be in films like The Town and Argo. It’s fantastic.’
Hollywood actor Tom Hardy, dropped in on Royal Marines training volunteers at the Castle, a London climbing centre as part of their preparations to abseil down the iconic BT Tower, on 10th March 2014, the venue for a 138 metres charity abseil to raise money for Sports Relief and the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.
The team will abseil from the 29th floor of BT Tower will include intrepid adventurer, Bear Grylls, TV presenter Helen Skelton, former Lion and England rugby world cup winner Ben Kay, former England rugby star Martin Bayfield and Olympic and World Champion swimmer Mark Foster. Gavin Patterson, BT CEO will lead the charge on behalf of BT, with Major General Ed Davis CBE leading the Royal Marines.
Public Appearances > 2014 > February 25 – Tom training with Royal Marines
EXCLUSIVE: Tom Hardy in talks for thriller about notorious UK gangsters, from LA Confidential screenwriter Brian Helgeland; Working Title producing.
Working Title is the new home of a thriller about the Kray twins, written by Oscar-winning writer Brian Helgeland (LA Confidential), who will also direct.
Tom Hardy is in talks to star as both brothers in Legend (working title), which will chart the tortured and unique relationship between gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray, the identical twin brothers infamous for their criminal exploits in London during the 1950s and 1960s.
According to sources close to the British actor, the project is one of several The Dark Knight Rises star is considering. Currently in development, the production is aiming to shoot in the UK later this year.
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So much television, so little time. One show I’ve been meaning to catch up with is BBC’s “Peaky Blinders,” the gangster drama set in the days after World War I that follows the deeds of the dangerous kingpin Tommy Shelby, played by none other than Cillian Murphy. That’s right, Cillian Murphy is leading a TV show and I’m somehow not watching it. Well, it looks like some fresh incentive has arrived for everyone to start catching up.
Revealed by “Peaky Blinders” Twitter fans, and confirmed by our sources, Tom Hardy is joining season two of the show. Damn. He’ll be playing “a charismatic leader who presents a unique opportunity to Tommy,” and it would seem that following “Locke,” Hardy and the film and show’s writer Steven Knight are getting on quite famously. And even though they’ve done two Christopher Nolan films together—”The Dark Knight Rises” and “Inception”—we presume Hardy and Murphy will finally get to share some significant screen time together on the show. Either way, nice casting—season two will air later this year, probably in the fall.
In other TV news (and speaking of British shows I still need to watch), the comedy “Cuckoo” is getting a switcheroo in the lead role. Andy Samberg is out, and uh, Taylor Lautner is in for the second season of the show. How will he be incorporated? Well first, Samberg’s character is essentially killed off, and we’ll let BBC explain the rest:
Shortly after renewing their wedding vows, Cuckoo (Andy Samberg) flew the coop to continue researching his book. While on walkabout in the foothills of the Himalayas, he went missing… eventually presumed dead.
It’s now two years since his disappearance and life in the Thompson family house is only just getting back to normal. Ken (Greg Davies) and Lorna (Helen Baxendale) are looking forward to a future without the kids under their feet. Dylan (Tyger Drew-Honey) is about to go to university and Rachel (Tamla Kari) is rebuilding her life with her new boyfriend, a nice-but-dull lawyer, Ben. Despite appearances, Cuckoo’s absence is still felt – not least by his young widow, Rachel. Everyone worries she’s lost her mojo since the tragic events in Asia.
This fragile equilibrium is well and truly shattered when a handsome and mysterious young stranger (Taylor Lautner) appears in Lichfield, looking for the man who found fame and philosophy in the simplest of hot snacks: the jack-et po-ta-to.
No word yet on when the second season will air.
Lastly, EW reports that Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy will be making a guest appearance on “Parks & Recreation.” He’ll be playing the lead singer of the most popular band in Indiana, Land Ho!, who is asked to get the group back together for a Unity concert to celebrate the merger of Pawnee and Eagleton. The episode will air this spring.
England’s The Sun is featuring Tom in a little article. If the photo is part of a bigger photoshoot, we have yet to find out.
Magazines/Photoshoots > Photoshoots > Unknown – Set #011
Writer/director Steven Knight, who made his directorial debut last year with the Jason Statham drama (and sorta actioner) “Redemption,” is a few years late with his own “one man in a single location” movie. A few years ago, there were a rash of these films, where one character — usually a big name like Ryan Reynolds in “Buried” — would be put in a single location and the audience would be forced to watch him squirm and try to escape in real-time. Or real-time-ish, anyway.
That’s basically the premise of Knight’s latest, “Locke,” which he once again writes and directs. Like all the other films using this gimmick, “Locke” is supposedly a “real-time” thriller starring Tom Hardy as a bloke (as they call them over there across the pond) driving alone, across the city who is trying desperately to get control of a variety of situations, all at the same time.
From the looks of this first trailer, he’s not doing a very good job of it. Find out what’s got Tommy boy all messed up, find it outers.
The movie stars Hardy in a car for the full 90 minutes, and features the voices of “The Lone Ranger’s” Ruth Wilson, “Sherlock’s” Andrew Scott, Tom Holland, Olivia Colman, and Ben Daniels.
Opening in UK theaters this April 18th.