Tom Hardy is currently in talks to play UK gangster twins in a film from Working Title called Legend. The movie was written by Oscar-winning writer Brian Helgeland (LA Confidential). The story will follow 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." Some of the other elements that the story will tackle include "notorious gangster Jack 'the Hat' McVitie, who was murdered by Reginald in 1967 - politician Lord Boothby, and the brothers’ nemesis in the police force, DS Leonard 'Nipper' Read, who made it his life’s ambition to put the Krays behind bars."
The twins also owned a West End nightclub, and they mingled with several prominent entertainers including Diana Dors, Frank Sinatra, and Judy Garland, as well as with politicians. They were arrested on May 9, 1968 and were both sentenced to life in prison. "Ronnie remained in Broadmoor Hospital until his death on March 17, 1995, but Reggie was released from prison on compassionate grounds in August 2000, eight weeks before his death from cancer."
According to Screen Daily, Hardy is only one of several actors from The Dark Knight Rises that is being considered for the part. The movie is currently in development, and the production is looking to start on it in the UK later this year.
Hardy is an incredible actor, and this sounds like it would be a great project for him to take on.
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