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Ironically, British thesp Tom Hardy is to take the lead in The True American, a drama directed by Kathryn Bigelow based in the unruly days following 9/11.

Production company Annapurna are yet to reveal who will be adapting the screenplay, but Bigelow will more than probably get this project going with Mark Boal, who collaborated with her on both The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty.

The movie is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Anand Giridharadas, and is the real-life story of Mark Stroman, an "American terrorist" who carried out a gas station shooting in "revenge" for the September 11 attacks.

On a rampage against people he believed to be Arabs, Stroman shot and killed two people and along with minimart worker Raisuddin Bhuiyan - a Bangladesh Air Force officer who's lifelong dream was to live in America - in the face. Stroman was later executed by lethal injection but Bhuiyan, who had been left blind in one eye, campaigned to save him.

Bigelow's work has focused on pieces of a similar tone, with Zero Dark Thirty telling of the assassination of Obama Bin Laden and The Hurt Locker being set during the second Iraq war. Hardy has certainly tackled challenging, psychopathic roles in the past. He played Bane in The Dark Knight Rises and Charles Bronson in the aptly-titled Bronson, so I'm pretty sure he's got this one down.

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(Source: IndieWire)


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