Brian Helgeland commences principal photography on Legend
by Naman Ramachandran
- Tom Hardy plays Kray twins in gangster saga
Writer/Director Brian Helgeland (42), an Oscar winner for the adapted screenplay of L.A. Confidential, has commenced principal photography on Legend [+see also:
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Tom Hardy essays the roles of twin brothers Ronald and Reginald Kray, who were involved in armed robberies, arson, protection rackets, assaults and murder. They also ran a nightclub in London’s West End where they rubbed shoulders with politicians and the likes of entertainers like Frank Sinatra, Doris Day and Diana Dors before subsequently being imprisoned and convicted.
Based on John Pearson’s bestseller The Profession of Violence, which remains the most read book in Britain’s prisons, the cast also includes Emily Browning (Pompeii), David Thewlis (Queen and Country [+see also:
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Working Title Films’ Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing Legend alongside Christopher Clark and Quentin Curtis. Studiocanal fully financed and will distribute the film in the UK, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand and is handling International Sales. Brian Oliver’s Cross Creek has acquired North American rights and Oliver is also a producer on the film.