Tom Hardy has played a Batman villain, a notorious inmate, and gangsters of all stripes, not to mention Mad fuckin’ Max. In Brian Hegeland’s upcoming Legend, he doubles down, playing the real life crime boss twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray. Check out this dual role in this new Legend trailer after the jump.
The Kray Twins were a pair of identical brothers who ran organized crime in the East End of London during the 1950s and ‘60s at the head of their gang The Firm. Not only were they vicious gangsters, but in addition to armed robbery, racketeering, murder, and the usual gangster shit, they also hobnobbed with celebrities in the nightclubs they owned, rubbing elbows with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, and various politicians.
In all likelihood, Ronnie was an undiagnosed paranoid schizophrenic, and Legend purports to show them try to maintain a grip on their empire as pressure squeezes them from all sides. They face power struggles, general madness, and, of course, a woman comes between them, all of which led to their ultimate downfall. I can’t wait to see Tom Hardy in this double role. What can I say, the dude looks awesome in a ‘60s style suit with a sharp period hairdo.
Legend also stars Emily Browning, Christopher Eccleston, David Thewlis, Chazz Palminteri, and Taron Egerton, and hits theaters in the U.K. on September 11. There’s currently no word on a U.S. release, but Universal is handling the release, so hopefully we’ll hear something soon.