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Tom Hardy for Kathryn Bigelow's True American

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Story by Jack Foley

TOM Hardy has landed the lead role in Kathryn Bigelow’s latest film, True American.

Adapted from the book True American: Murder & Mercy in Texas, by Anand Giridharadas, the film will document the true story of Rais Bhuiyan, a Bangladeshi who moved to the US to work in the technology sector before becoming a victim of Mark Stroman, a Texan vigilante who went on a killing spree in the wake of 9/11.

According to reports, Stroman attacked those who looked like Muslims.

Upon being arrested, he claimed he was doing “what every American wanted to … We’re at war”.

The attacks left two men dead and Bhuiyan became blind in one eye. Yet in a remarkable chain of events, Stroman was sentenced to the death penalty and executed by lethal injection, although Bhuiyan campaigned to spare his life, insisting: “His execution will not eradicate hate crimes from this world. We will just simply lose another human life.”

Hardy is set to play Stroman in what would be another difficult role for the actor, following acclaimed turns in Bronson and, to a lesser extent, Bane from The Dark Knight Rises.

He has also recently committed to playing both Kray twins in a forthcoming film, and has videogame adaptation Splinter Cell and Mad Max sequel Fury Road on the way, along with his role as Elton John in the biopic Rocketman. In addition, Hardy will be seen in a recurring role in the second series of BBC2 drama Peaky Blinders.

For Bigelow, meanwhile, True American marks yet another insight into the American way of life post-9/11, following the Oscar-winning film The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty.

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