Tom Hardy is currently in talks for Brian Helgeland’s Legend, which will see him playing twin gangsters. If you recall, Hardy was actually set to play Al Capone in David Yates’ Capone, but with that project now on the back-burner, the actor is looking elsewhere to get his crime fix.
Based on the true story of Ronald and Reginald Kray, the film will follow the “tortured and unique relationship” between the sibling gangsters as they engage in all sorts of criminal activity, including but not limited to murder, armed robbery and racketeering. Of course, they’ll also face opposition from rival gangs, politicians and law enforcement.
Admittedly, I’m not familiar with either of the Kray brothers or their story, but from the sounds of it this seems like a pretty standard gangster tale. That being said, I won’t write it off just yet, especially not with talent like Tom Hardy and Brian Helgeland involved. Hardy is currently one of the hottest names in Hollywood and Helgeland certainly knows his way around the crime genre, given that he penned L.A. Confidential. Plus, the writer-director spoke about the project late last year and said that he wanted to focus on Reggie’s struggle to control Ronald’s “psychotic tendencies,” which could provide the film with an interesting angle and set it apart from some of the genre’s other entries.
As of now I’m definitely intrigued, but with two talented individuals already involved, and more big names likely to come on board, I really hope that Legend doesn’t turn out to be another recycled crime movie with wasted potential, much like Gangster Squad was.
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