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Tom Hardy To Team With Kathryn Bigelow & Annapurna Pictures For ‘The True American’

by Edward Davis
May 14, 2014 10:37 PM
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Tom Hardy, Bigelow

We’re wiped out from the influx of Cannes-related news, so don’t sue us, and please forgive the immense brevity. Annapurna Pictures is going to produce “The True American,” which has Tom Hardy ("The Dark Knight Rises," "Lawless") attached to star and Kathryn Bigelow ("Zero Dark Thirty") attached to direct. Hell yes. Press release details below, but no writer is attached yet, so this project is probably a little ways off right now.

Annapurna’s Megan Ellison, who previously worked with Bigelow as a producer on ZERO DARK THIRTY, is set to produce. Annapurna’s Matthew Budman, who co-produced ZERO DARK THIRTY, will serve as Executive Producer.

THE TRUE AMERICAN meticulously reconstructs two lives that collided in horrific fashion. In the charged, angry days after 9/11, self-styled “American Terrorist” Mark Stroman murdered two immigrants in Texas, while a third man survived being shot in the head during Stroman’s spree: Raisuddin Bhuiyan, a Bangladesh Air Force veteran, was working at a Dallas-area convenience store as he established himself in America.

With Stroman identified and apprehended, the tale begins its tack toward deeper emotional waters. THE TRUE AMERICAN is a richly detailed, affecting account of two men bound, as it turns out, by more than just an act of violence.

The deal was brokered by Annapurna’s Paul Hanson and Christopher Corabi with CAA, which represents Rais Uddin Bhuiyan and Anand Giridharadas, as well as Bigelow and Hardy. Anand is represented for publishing by Katherine Flynn at Kneerim Williams and Bloom. Bigelow’s attorney is Warren Dern of Sloane Offer Weber & Dern; Hardy is represented by Lindy King at United Agents in the U.K. and attorney Jason Sloane of Sloane Offer Weber & Dern.

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  • Ted | May 15, 2014 6:05 AMReply

    Fantastic. Tom Hardy is a busy man lately,and that's a good thing!

  • lee | May 15, 2014 3:58 AMReply

    Sounds great and something of a reply to those who accused Bigelow of patriotic Islamophobia in ZDT.

  • Richard K. | May 15, 2014 12:24 PM

    Not to judge before all the facts are in, but it sounds like it's (in part) about a Muslim who tries his best to leave his roots behind to pursue the American Dream (America is the best and everyone wants to be one!). Just from the short description, this sounds like it's completely in line with the dominant ideology of her other films.

  • Joey Cusack | May 15, 2014 2:30 AMReply

    DEAD MAN WALKING 2, awards bait with an important social message for a post 9/11 world :)

  • Maria Witwiky | May 15, 2014 12:44 AMReply

    Thats sound so cool!! Like 2 days before I watched his movie "The Dark Knight Rises" on tv I think on hbosouthasia and he is doing awesome job in a movie and I will definitely like to watch him again in some different role i.e. The True American. :P :P

  • John | May 14, 2014 10:48 PMReply


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