According to Deadline, The Revenant and Mad Max: Fury Road star Tom Hardy has closed a deal to headline Working Title’s Don McCullin biopic as the titular war photographer.
Lifting inspiration from McCullin’s autobiography Unreasonable Behaviour, and adapted for the screen by Gregory Burke (’71), Working Title’s real-life period drama will chronicle McCullin’s remarkable journey from the working classes of London’s stricken suburbs to becoming one of the most decorated and respected war photographers of the 20th century.
Hopping from Vietnam to Cambodia, and Biafra to Uganda, it’s a story befitting of a cinematic adaptation and though Deadline didn’t disclose details of a potential director to take the reins, we imagine it won’t be long before Working Title closes in on a filmmaker to helm the biopic.
As for McCullin’s Unreasonable Behaviour, the outlet pitches the non-fiction work as “an unflinching account of McCullin’s journey from a poverty-stricken childhood in wartime London to becoming one of the most famous war photojournalists. Working for the Sunday Times from the late 60’s to the early 80’s, he risked his life to photograph the harsh realities of war from Vietnam, Cambodia, to Biafra and Uganda, one black and white image at a time.” Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce on behalf of Working Title.
Elsewhere, Tom Hardy is part of the star-studded ensemble that will be storming the beaches on Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. It’s set for release in July of next year.