[Movies] Tom Hardy May Play Gangster Twins In Legend Posted by Joseph Lee on 02.24.2014
He's in talks...
Screen Daily reports that Tom Hardy is in talks to play UK gangsters the Kray twins in a film from Brian Helgeland (LA Confidential) and Working Title (Rush, About Time, The Two Faces of January). The film currently has a title of Legend, and will follow the relationship of twin criminals Ronald (Ronnie) and Reginald (Reggie) Kray during the 1950s and 1960s in London. The film is set to begin production in the UK later this year. It's one of several films Hardy is considering. Working Title is developing and producing.
The script also includes associates and rivals of the two, including Jack "The Hat" McVitie (murdered by Reginald in 1967), politician Lord Boothby and DS Leonard "Nipper" Reed, who sought to put the two in jail.
Last October, Helgeland spoke about the project at a Writer's Guild of America event in Los Angeles. He said he would focus on Reggie (older by 10 minutes) as he tried to control his psychotic twin. LA Wave added that he researched the film in London and met Krays associate Freddie Foreman.
The twins were played by Spandau Ballet's Martin and Gary Kemp in the 1990 film The Krays. Their gang, called The Firm, was involved with armed robberies, arson, protection rackets, assaults, and several murders. They owned a nightclub in West End and interacted with politicians and celebrities like Diana Dors, Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland. They were arrested on May 9, 1968 and sentenced to life in prison. Ronnie stayed in Broadmoor Hospital until he died on March 17, 1995 but Reggie was released in August 2000 on "compassionate grounds" before dying of cancer eight weeks later.