Who is Tom Hardy? What you should know about the Legend, Taboo and Peaky Blinders star

Hollywood star Tom Hardy is a cast member of Peaky Blinders, the hit BBC2 drama set among Birmingham gangsters.

He plays Londoner Alfie Solomons in the series, the fourth series which is eagerly awaited.

Tom also stars in the BBC1 drama Taboo, which is written by Peaky Blinders creator and Brummie Steven Knight.

He’s also shown his softer side by reading bedtime stories on CBeebies.

Here’s 12 things you may not know about Tom Hardy


He was born Edward Thomas Hardy on September 15, 1977, in the Hammersmith borough of London, and was brought up in the East Sheen area of the city.

Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy filming Peaky Blinders on Freshfield Beach (Photo: Liverpool Echo)


Tom was expected to follow a high-brow academic career but veered off that path to end up where he is today.

He once said: “I went to public school where I learned Latin at the age of nine, and certain expectations were made of me to go to St Paul’s, Oxbridge maybe, and all that kind of thing. And I failed systematically to meet the mark – who I am and what I should have been are two very different things. One moment in Wandsworth Police Station on the way to Wormwood Scrubs, looking at 14 years, to this!”


Tom won the Big Breakfast’s Find Me a Supermodel competition at the age of 21, and part of the prize was a contract with agency Models One.


He spent his teens and early 20s battling delinquency, alcoholism and addiction to crack cocaine. He blamed his drug problems for the collapse of his five-year marriage to Sarah Ward and finally sought treatment after completing work on Star Trek: Nemesis in 2002.

He said: “I went entirely off the rails and I’m lucky I didn’t have some terrible accident or end up in prison or dead, because that’s where I was going. Now I know my beast and I know how to manage it. It’s like living with a 400lb orangutan that wants to kill me. It’s much more powerful than me, doesn’t speak the same language and it runs around the darkness of my soul.

“In a blackout I could end up anywhere, I might wake up somewhere on the other side of London, or in another country or in bed with someone I didn’t know, not knowing how I got there. Bleeding. This was on a daily basis and I was going to work, I didn’t want to appear rock ‘n’ roll, I didn’t want anyone to know I was out of control, but I couldn’t hide it. Eventually, the body gives up, my body told me – I was completely kaput, I was lucky I didn’t get hepatitis or AIDS.”


He was married to Sarah Ward from 1999 to 2004. Rachael Speed was his girlfriend from 2004 to 2009, and in 2010 he became engaged to English actress Charlotte Riley, his co-star in Wuthering Heights. The couple reportedly tied the knot in a secret ceremony in France a couple of months ago. Hardy and Rachael Speed have a son, Louis, born on April 8, 2008.


Tom made his screen debut in the Second World War television miniseries Band of Brothers in 2001, playing Private John Janovec in two episodes. After he was cast in the role, he dropped out of his studies at Drama Centre London.


He has won three awards and been nominated 21 times. He won Best Actor (for Bronson) at the British Independent Film Awards in 2009, Bafta’s Rising Star Award in 2011, and shared the Best Ensemble trophy (for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) awarded by the Central Ohio Film Critics Association in 2012.


His role in Bronson drew attention from Hollywood’s big studios, with trade magazine Variety including him in 2009 on its list of Top 10 Actors To Watch. He was subsequently cast in Christopher Nolan’s Inception and The Dark Knight Rises, but it transpired that Nolan hadn’t even seen Bronson but liked Tom’s performance in Guy Ritchie’s RocknRolla as a gay gangster called Handsome Bob.


Hardy admitted that in the past he had experimented with all kinds of sexual relationships, telling Attitude magazine: “I’m an actor, I’ve played with anything and anyone. But I’m not into men sexually. It just doesn’t compute to me now that I’m in my 30s and I’m done experimenting.”


He is not very keen on the current obsession with celebrity culture. He said: “I want to dispel that it’s all about celebrity-ism, I’m f***ing bored of people looking at whose shoes are interesting and what hat is interesting.”

Instead he wants to connect with people through his work as an actor: “Storytelling is very important to people, it comforts them, unite us, cheers us up, we can affect change with these arts. We need to be entertained to connect.”


Hardy is the patron for the Cambridge homeless charity Flack and an ambassador for The Prince’s Trust youth charity.


Is Dunkirk, retelling the fierce Second World War battle. Hardy plays a fighter pilot in the Christopher Nolan film, released in July, in which he is reunited with Cillian Murphy along with Mark Rylance, Harry Styles and Kenneth Branagh.

Paramount Drops J.C. Chandor’s ‘Triple Frontier’; Channing Tatum & Tom Hardy Also Out

EXCLUSIVE: I have been hearing that things have been going sideways the past few days on Paramount’s Triple Frontier, and now I’ve confirmed that Paramount has dropped out of the drama that J.C. Chandor was supposed to start production on next month. Channing Tatum and Tom Hardy also are officially out.

Given how hard it is to mount adult-themed feature films in this marketplace, this is terrible news. Tatum and Hardy have been set for some time, and they recently added Oscar winning Moonlight star Mahershala Ali and Adria Arjona for the Mark Boal-scripted thriller set in the notorious border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil where the Iguazu and Parana rivers converge. This is the film that Katherine Bigelow once planned to direct, and which at one time Tom Hanks and Will Smith and Johnny Depp circled, so it has its fans. The pic is being produced by Charles Roven and Alex Gartner.

Michael Buckner

I had heard earlier that Chandor turned in a rewrite that Tatum and Hardy didn’t love, and they were teetering. Sources said that for Paramount, this project was being done on a tight schedule and for a price, and that once creative differences imperiled that goal and requests were made for more extensive changes — I’ve heard those requests came from Hardy — the studio today declined to move forward. There’s also the added element that the studio has had a changeover at the top, and this one was championed by Brad Grey, who’s not there anymore. These kinds of things happen. The filmmaker will regroup and hopefully re-mount it with a different cast, at a later time. Will tell you more when I know it.

Tom Hardy Would Be Amazing As Bond If Daniel Craig Quits

Tom Hardy is one of the best actors Britain has ever produced. At this rate, he’s going to eclipse Gary Oldman as our most versatile and shocking actor.

And he’s first in line at the bookies to win the gig that every British actor under 50 covets – James Bond – if Daniel Craig decides to hang up his licence to kill.

The thing about Tom and the role is that he’s been very shy about saying he wants it, unlike other actors (cough Tom Hiddleston cough). And discretion is really good when it comes to Bond, because although we love to speculate, we love to be surprised even more.

But Hardy has to be Barbara Broccoli’s pick in the eyes of many people. He ticks every box and he would also bring something very different to the role.

Let’s look at the facts. He pulls off a suit and tuxedo better than any other man alive. Very important for a glamorous globetrotter like James Bond.

Hardy is pretty intense and it’s probably his dark past. Hardy has lived a life-and-a-half. He was expelled from private school aged 16 and fell into the wrong crowd. He ended up becoming addicted to cocaine and alcohol – an addiction that took over his life until he was in his mid-20s.

He’s clean now and has been for years, but he has a lot of trauma he can draw on for scenes.

Out of all the James Bonds that have gone before, Tom Hardy would be the one who you genuinely feel could be a spy. Yes, he’s British, charming and can wield a gun but there’s a dangerous edge to Tom because of how changeable he is. Whether it’s the different voices he uses, the transformations in each film are so complete it’s like he’s different person.

I’d like to see James Bond using more psychological espionage as well as all the cool gadgets and I can definitely see Tom Hardy pulling that off.

He’s genuinely quite chilling as Bane.

Hardy is ballsy and sharp. Remember when one ill-fated journo tried to get a headline out of him and Hardy was having none of it. The journalist asked Hardy if he’d ever experimented sexually with men, and Hardy questioned his ethics.

Tom Hardy: “Are you asking about my sexuality?”

Press: “Um…”

Tom Hardy: “Why?”

Press: – silence

You can’t bully this guy!

And while he’s certainly bulked up in the past and has a raw energy about him, Hardy is pretty sensitive.

“A lot of people say I seem masculine, but I don’t feel it,” he has said. “I feel intrinsically feminine. I’d love to be one of the boys but I always felt a bit on the outside. Maybe my masculine qualities come from overcompensating because I’m not one of the boys.”

I think that the sensitive side coupled with his sense of being outsider would make for a very different and awesome James Bond, like if Christopher Nolan directed James Bond.

And the first James Bond with tattoos? I think that needs to happen.

Words: Laura Hamilton

Featured Image Credit: PA Images

15 Times Tom Hardy Was A Gift To Humanity (And Our Eyes)

I’m not sure if someone would dare disagree with the fact that actor, Tom Hardy, is a beautiful specimen hand created by God. He’s also an excellent actor who has starred in some fantastic films alongside other super talented stars. He’s not about to stop now either, he’ll be starring in a new star-studded television series called Taboo, coming in 2017. It looks mighty promising and we are super excited to see Hardy showcase his acting chops on the series in the new year. He’ll also be starring in the highly anticipated WWII epic Dunkirk, directed by none other than Christopher Nolan. It’s not just his acting chops that have us swooning over him. He’s a wonderful, beautiful human being. He’s got a smile that will melt your heart from miles away and a body that will make you sweat. Here are 15 Times Tom Hardy Made Us Swoon

15. When He Snuggled A Dog

I’ll say it every time. A man who loves animals is a damn sexy man in my books. Some men are afraid to show their softer side. They don’t want to hurt their macho image, so they balk at the thought of cuddling a cute little animal. Thankfully, Tom is not like that. He’s happy to snuggle the fluff out of cute little dogs and he’s not afraid to show his soft side. He looks good doing it too. Vanity Fair even has a whole feature about Tom and his love of dogs. Now that’s some dedication to fluff and an admirable quality by all. It’s absolutely heart warming. Can we join in on the dog cuddling? It’ll be a group hug. It might be hard to decide whose cuter though; Tom or the dog? We can’t choose!

14. When He Played Mad Max In ‘Fury Road’

There’s no way you saw Mad Max: Fury Road in theatres and left not feeling supremely pumped. The ladies kicking ass, the entire movie was action packed, and you could literally taste the sand in your mouth. Also, Tom Hardy. He doesn’t say much in the movie, and he’s actually kind of a side character. Max is more of a vehicle for the kickass ladies in the movie and we’re fine with that. We loved him in it. Even though he said few words, he spoke volumes. It was the perfect role for Tom and we’re sure you’ve watched it again and again and found it just as good each time. And yes, secretly, you might have wanted to cage him up like in the photo above. Maybe just for an hour or two. With his consent of course!

13. When He Stole The Show

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t super impressed with The Revenant. It seemed like a story that could have easily been told not from a white man’s perspective, but I digress. Everyone was raving about Leonardo Dicaprio’s performance and I mean, there wasn’t anything wrong with it – the grunting and growling were all real good – but I didn’t find it spectacular in comparison with Hardy’s performance. Hardy delivered in a dazzling way. Maybe it was because he had more lines, but I found watching him was more compelling. Again, maybe it’s because I just adore looking at his face. The rest of the film was lacklustre, aside from the beautiful scenery, so Hardy was the part that made it interesting for me. His character was the only thing that stood out. Again, probably because he’s hella sexy. Again, this is just me.

12. When He Played Twins

Um. TWO Tom Hardy’s!? Is someone pranking me!? And they’re bad dudes? I love it! I’m totally in! Once again, Hardy delivered a great performance, but I wasn’t paying attention to much of the movie. It dragged on and I was too fixated on his face(s) to bother with anything else. I was absolutely convinced by his portrayal of the two different brothers, he really did do a fantastic job. It’s a shame the film was so badly paced. They definitely picked the right actor for the job, though. He really goes for it. Ronnie is the unpleasant one and I was still fawning over him. They probably could have done a bit more with the makeup, though I know nothing about the real Kray twins to really decide what the best move would have been.

11. When He Played Bane

Listen Batman, there’s a new guy in town and you’ve been voted off the island. Bane for president! How can you not root for him? First off, he’s Tom Hardy. Second, look at that body. He could pick you up like you were a toothpick and carry you off to a romantic hotel room. Third, how can you not feel bad for him? Even just a little bit! Batman is kind of a whiny baby, at least in my books. Get over yourself, dude. Maybe if you had a bit more empathy you wouldn’t be having all the problems you have. Geez. Oh and fourth? That sexy voice. Is that a voicebox or something? Who cares, I like it! It’s kind of sensual. Sorry Batman, I’m rooting for the bad guy this time. Because he’s Tom Hardy.

10. When He Carried A Whole Movie Solo

If you have not yet seen this magnificent film, you must do so now. It’s called Locke and it should still be on Netflix. It’s the beautiful Tom Hardy in an SUV (I think) driving on the freeway. He gets a phone call (don’t worry it’s handsfree) and the whole film is him dealing with phone calls on the road. It’s much more interesting that how I just described it, it’s absolutely fantastic and you should go watch it immediately. It’s the perfect movie to watch on a chilly day or evening with some take-out. We all know he’s an excellent actor and this film really showcases his talents. It’s literally just him driving. It’s one big ball of anxiety building up. It’s a beautifully crafted film you never know you’d be interested in. 10/10 recommended.

9. When He Played In The Greatest Mini Series Of All Time

I’m starting to think this is a list of my top favorite film and tv series; Tom Hardy just happens to be in all of them. Nope, he just happens to be an amazing actor! I had actually forgotten he appeared in Band of Brothers! (Yes, it is the greatest mini series of all time and space.) He plays Janovec, who appears in just two episodes. The most memorable being, Why We Fight, where the company find a concentration camp that’s been abandoned. It’s an extremely difficult episode to watch and it has stuck with me ever since I’ve watched it. Even just to spot him in these two episodes, it’s worth watching the whole series over again. It’s masterfully done, no wonder this was one of his first roles.

8. When He Started Out In Black Hawk Down *Swoon*

His first movie role ever! What a lil’ cutie! His role isn’t huge but it was his first big screen role. It was in a big action war-drama too, so that’s pretty impressive, but not surprising after having done Band of Brothers. I remember seeing Black Hawk Down in theatres and I cannot for the life of me remember Tom Hardy in this film. I do remember, however, loving the shit out of it. After the movie, I did a drop and roll in the movie theatre alcove, like I was under fire; like a lunatic! Not remembering him means that I really have to re-watch it just to see his beautiful face again. That smile though, it’s just so disarming. Who needs guns and ammo? That thing is basically a freaking weapon. I surrender!

7. When He Infiltrated Our Dreams

Please, can we just have a moment. This movie. I can’t. Inception blew my mind. I literally remember nothing about this movie. NOTHING. Except, that Tom Hardy and other famous actors were in it. Also, I remember that it was about dreams and going into dreams and into dreams and into dreams and into dreams and into dreams….Ah! Was there even a plot to this movie? Because I don’t remember. Who cares, look at that face. It’s so damn handsome. It’s as if it was carved by ancient Gods. It’s literally perfect. You know when you look at a light that’s too bright, so you have to look away? That’s Tom Hardy’s face. I have to look away because I can’t handle how beautiful it is. Heavy sigh. Get out of my head.

6. When He Played The Sexiest Star Trek Villain Ever

Tom Hardy plays a good villain. He’s just so  sexy as a bad guy. In Star Trek: Nemesis, there’s also something about the chemistry between Shinzon (Tom Hardy’s character) and Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart). It’s pretty great. And look, it’s not the best Star Trek movie, but I do quite enjoy seeing Hardy in the Star Trek world. Especially as the literal nemesis. I also like him in that sexy (leather? latex? spandex?) black suit. Clearly ready for action! And the bald head? It suits him. We can’t say no to Hardy when he has a nice beard and scruffiness, but this goes to show that he’s not only versatile in his acting, but in his looks too. What a guy! He can do anything. Skinny, buff, scruffy or bald. All perfect.

5. Comedy, Drama, He Can Literally Do It All

Tom Hardy usually plays in serious dramas. Mostly movies that find themselves winning awards in some way or another. He plays alongside actors who are well known and who may have won awards themselves. So it was refreshing to see him in This Means War, which was a super cute romantic comedy where he starred alongside Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine. How can you not love a movie where he vies for the affection of America’s sweetheart with handsome buddy, Chris Pine? It’s not an Oscar winner, obviously, but it’s a lighthearted movie that gives us a lot of great scenes with an adorable Hardy. And of course, we love Witherspoon. She’s always wonderful. After all the heavy stuff we’ve watched with Tom Hardy, it’s okay to take a break and laugh a little.

4. When His Face Through The Years Remained As Beautiful As Ever

Clearly he has stayed looking just as beautiful. In fact, it seems as though he’s gotten more handsome. Can this be my new screen saver? He looks like he’s aging like a fine wine, which is something we don’t often say about men. Women are the ones who tend to age well. But gosh darn, look at that face. He’s dropped the baby face and has developed a truly rugged exterior. I’ll also give an A+ to his current hairstyle. I do appreciate the development of the facial hair. 2007 was clearly a mistake though. I like the fuller beard. It’s sexy AF. It looks so manly. I want to put my face all over his face, don’t you? And he has got the cutest freaking ears I’ve ever seen in my life – just look at his 2012 picture! Perfect specimen.

3. When He Brought His Dog To An After Party

His dog is clearly his BFF and I appreciate this so much. I wish I could bring my dog everywhere I went! I am annoyed at the fact that I can’t bring my dog grocery shopping with me. She knows what she likes, ya’ll. The dog pictured is actually a rescue named Woodstock. In 2015, Tom began a campaign with PETA to promote animal adoption. What a stand up guy! But really, a celebrity that brings his rescue dog to an after party? This takes the cake. Can we adopt Tom Hardy? Because that’s just adorable. I’ll bet the dog is the life of the party – talk about a way to pick up the ladies. I always feel so guilty leaving my dogs to go to events or dinners. This is clearly the only solution. Thanks Tom! I’ll start doing this too! *starts getting uninvited to everything*

2. When We Saw His Selfies

If this really is an old MySpace photo… I’m dead. Look at that outfit. And the hand down the boxers move. This is so old school! Classic early Internet selfie. And he is somehow pulling it off! He looks GOOD. The orange and green looks great together, Tom. Real color matching skills. We’ll give you an applause for you there. And look at the Nike wrist cuff thing – so retro! I’m having total flashbacks. Also look how he’s got his shirt on, pulled back over his neck. This entire pose must have really taken some planning. (And probably a few shots to get the perfect angle.) Overall, nice job Tom. Nice job indeed. You could probably teach us a few things or two when it comes to how to hold a camera.

1. When He Did This

SWOON. This wink gets me every time. It’s deadly. I feel like he’s actually winking at me through the screen. He is, isn’t he? I KNEW IT. Good lord, it’s actually the perfect wink. Because it’s happening on Tom Hardy’s face. Look at that angel of a face. That perfect nose, those cute ears, those beautiful eyes winking at you. You’re in a dream and all your fantasies are coming true. You’re interviewing Tom Hardy about some film he’s been working on, it’s been a few minutes and he goes silent and winks at you. You look around to see if he’s winking at someone else. Maybe the camera man? No. It’s you he’s winking at! It’s really you! You wink back. Let’s do this.

Tom Hardy’s Taboo will get a second series, confirms co-creator Steven Knight

Tom Hardy as James Keziah Delaney in Taboo Credit: FX

The dank, gloomy and surreal Tom Hardy epic Taboo has quickly become the next major TV sensation, awash in mumbly plotting, vague back-stories and ambiguous incest. But one of the show’s other mysteries is whether it is indeed a ‘limited series’ as it has been previously billed, or rather a series that can run for multiple seasons.

Speaking to the A.V. Club at this week’s Television Critics Association press tour, co-creator Steven Knight has reportedly confirmed that there will be a second season of the show, meaning there will be many more opportunities to ponder the East India Company over the next few years.

Tom Hardy gets moody in the BBC’s Taboo Credit: FX

Knight, who previously created the BBC series Peaky Blinders, also told Deadline earlier this week that he has a plan to extend the series even further.

“We have plans — well, certainly I have plans — if we get given the green light for more,” he said. “The plan is that there would be three seasons, and, as with Peaky Blinders, I have had a destination in mind from the beginning, because I think it helps as a writer. The destination in mind is that James Keziah Delaney sets foot on Nootka Sound. But that’s a long way off.”

Nootka Sound is the land at the centre of the war between Hardy’s character James Delaney and the East India Company, James claiming his late father owned the land, and the Company wanting to acquire it for trade purposes. In reality, the land is just off the coast of Canada.

Steven Knight and Tom Hardy at this week’s Television Critics Association panel for the series Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

The TCA panel also gave both Knight and Hardy the opportunity to talk about what inspired the series. Hardy and his father Chips devised the character as an amalgamation of Sikes from Oliver Twist, Marlow from Heart of Darkness, and Jack the Ripper, and then brought the idea to Knight.

“We begged Steve to write our story because we had a concept and a basic treatment of the character,” Hardy said. “Steve was busy and he had an offer informally, which was, ‘If you do Locke and Peaky Blinders, I would love to do your pilot and rewrite your title.’ That’s where it all started, and the three of us set about trying to create a new piece of work.”

Hardy would subsequently agree to Knight’s offer. He headlined his 2013 film Locke, and later stole the show as Jewish gangland boss Alfie Solomons in the BBC drama series.

Knight also revealed that his interpretation of the series’ principal themes doesn’t actually involve the show’s London setting.

“This is, amongst other things, the story of America,” he told a gathered crowd of journalists. “Their natural destination at this time is America. These are how Americans came about, and that’s another thing that this series will come to explore.”

Tom Hardy Fuels ‘James Bond’ Rumours By Refusing To Talk About It

Tom Hardy has fuelled speculation that he may be looking to step into 007’s shoes after refusing to discuss the possibility.

Speaking to The Daily Beast, he and the interviewer were chinwagging about how good it would be to get director Christopher Nolan to take over the franchise. Hardy has obviously worked with Nolan a few times, most famously when he played Eames in Inception and Bane in The Dark Night Rises. Hardy has spoken openly about his admiration for the director, so was clearly thrilled at the interviewer’s suggestion.

“Oh, wow, Chris would be amazing!” he said. “Wow, that would be cool. That would be so cool.”


Clearly, the interviewer jumped on this answer – was Hardy throwing his hat into the ring to take over the role from Daniel Craig?!

In response, Hardy said: “There’s a saying amongst us in the fraternity of acting that if you talk about it you’re automatically out of the race. So I can’t possibly comment on that one!

“But Chris Nolan, what a fantastic director for a Bond movie. Because Daniel [Craig] is so good, and what [Sam] Mendes and Barbara [Broccoli] have done has been so impressive, that it would be a very hard reimagination to follow.

“I wonder what the next instalment of that franchise would become, and I think when you mention someone like Christopher Nolan, that’s a very powerful figure to bring into that world who could bring something new and create something profound – again.”

Credit: MGM

Honestly, I can’t think of anyone I’d rather see as Bond. Although, there was a point where Idris Elba seemed to be a contender, and that would be cool as fuck. The rumours got so big that Anthony Horowitz, who has penned Bond books, commented. However it was quite a controversial comment, as the author claimed Elba was ‘too street’ to play Bond. He eventually apologised for his comments.

Others in the office would like it if Craig stayed on, while some others would like to see Michael Fassbender take over.

Hardy has done starring in a BBC drama series called Taboo, which is set in 1814.

Tom Hardy ‘Confirms’ He Wants To Play James Bond

Coyly, the 39-year old gun-swinging, smooth-talking, rule-book-burning Academy Award-winner has done nothing to quash the rumors.

In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Hardy leads his adoring public around the houses, and eventually arrives at the conclusion that he is interested in playing 007.

When asked if he’d like to portray Bond one day, Hardy replied:

You know, there’s a saying amongst us in the fraternity of acting, and in the fellowship of my peer group, that if you talk about it you’re automatically out of the race.

So I can’t possibly comment on that one! If I mention it, it’s gone.


Christopher Nolan – who directed Hardy as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises – is keen to jump in the director’s ejector seat and take the reigns of the multi-million dollar Bond franchise in the future.

Admitting a Nolan-directed Bond movie would be ‘so cool’, Tom mused:

I wonder what the next instalment of that franchise would become… I think when you mention someone like Christopher Nolan, that’s a very powerful figure to bring into that world who could bring something new and create something profound – again.

No doubt, Hardy would be able to channel the beastliness of Bronson, the malevolence of Bane, the cruelty of the Kray twins and the madness of Max to bring us the most daring – and perhaps darkest – Bond yet.

Whatever the conclusion, the cryptic mind-games at play during this ploy to be Bond show that Hardy is up to the job of embodying Britain’s best spy.

Tom Hardy drama about Islamophobia in the post-9/11 era finds director

Jackie director Pablo Larraín, whose latest Neruda is about to hit UK cinemas, has been tapped to direct the Tom Hardy-starrer The True American, Deadline reports.

The film adapts Anand Giridharadas’ nonfiction book of the same name, which follows the story of Rais Bhuiyan, the Muslim immigrant and Bangladesh Air Force veteran who narrowly survived an attack in Texas on himself and two others by Mark Anthony Stroman, in the days following 9/11.

Stroman’s horrific hate crime saw him launch into a killing spree which targeted anyone he perceived as Arab; the book’s title deriving from Stroman’s self-styling of himself as “the Arab Slayer” who perversely saw himself as “a true American”.

The attack left both Pakistani immigrant Waqar Hasan and Indian immigrant Vasudev Patel dead; Stroman survived, though he lost sight in one of his eyes. Despite the horrors Bhuiyan lived through, he came to forgive Stroman and strived to prevent his execution.

The project, and Hardy’s attachment, has been floating around since 2014, with Kathryn Bigelow originally attached to direct; she will now produce the project alongside Megan Ellison, Matthew Budman, and Juan de Dios Larraín.

With Larraín’s Jackie having earned its star Natalie Portman an Oscar nomination for her depiction of the former First Lady in the immediate aftermath of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, it’s safe to say the director’s next project will be one to watch.