Tom Hardy is in talks to star as the infamous Kray twins in the crime film Legend, according to reports.
Screen Daily says that Hardy could play both Reggie and Ronnie, the East End gangsters notorious for their involvement in organised crime in the ’50s and ’60s, in the new thriller. The film will be written and directed by Brian Helgeland, who has previously worked on critically acclaimed pictures including LA Confidential and Mystic River.
It was recently reported that Hardy will join the cast of BBC drama Peaky Blinders for its second season. He will play a charismatic leader who clashes with the show’s protagonist Tommy Shelby, who is played by Cillian Murphy. Peaky Blinders, which is set in Birmingham in 1919 and tells the story of a gang known for sewing razor blades into their caps as they try to rule crime in the city, won critical acclaim when it was aired in 2013 and shooting on the second season is set to begin later this year.
It was revealed in October last year that Hardy, who is set to star in the reboot of Mad Max in 2015, has also agreed to take on the role of Elton John in the forthcoming biopic of the piano-playing icon. Titled Rocketman, the film is billed as “a larger-than-life movie musical spectacle that tells the story of a child prodigy turned music legend”. Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall has penned the script.