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Universal Pictures has announced plans for an awards season launch for Brian Helgeland's crime thriller “Legend” with an Oct. 2 platform debut. "Legend" is based on the rise and fall of Reggie and Ronnie Kray (both played by Tom Hardy), twins who dominated organized crime in London during the 1960s. [Source: EW]
Im Global and Syco Entertainment are set to co-produce the feature film version of the graphic novel "The Fifth Beatle" about Beatles manager Brian Epstein. Vivek J. Tiwary penned the script which recounts how Epstein discovered the Beatles in a cellar in Liverpool in 1961 and guided them to worldwide success.
Tiwary, Simon Cowell and Stuart Ford will serve as producers, and they have already secured an agreement with Sony/Atv Publishing for the use of Beatles music in the film. A director will be brought on shortly. [Source: Variety]
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- Garth Franklin
Universal has set an awards season launch for crime thriller “Legend” with an Oct. 2 platform debut.
“Legend,” directed by Brian Helgeland from his own script, is based on the rise and fall of Reggie and Ronnie Kray, twins who dominated organized crime in London during the 1960s before their 1969 convictions for murder. Hardy, who stars in “Mad Max: Fury Road,” portrays both Kray brothers.
The brothers were widely feared and involved in armed robberies, arson, protection rackets, assaults and the murders of Jack “the Hat” McVitie and George Cornell. Both were sentenced to life imprisonment.
Productions companies are Studiocanal, Working Title Films and Cross Creek Pictures. Producers are Working Title Film’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver, Chris Clark and Quentin Curtis.
- Dave McNary
Buyers queue round the block for StudioCanal’s pre-Cannes promo event.
The $50m joint venture between StudioCanal and UK animation powerhouse Aardman Animations was announced last week but few details were released beyond the fact it would revolve around a plucky caveman who saves his community from destruction.
A mood reel cleverly referencing previous Aardman productions Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Chicken Run and Shaun the Sheep as cave paintings, revealed the central character will be called Doug and have a faithful pet wild boar called Hog Nobs.
In a recorded message, Park told the assembled buyers the film, currently in pre-production, would have all the elements to make a great prehistoric film: “Dinosaurs… volcanoes and a giant, caveman-eating duck.”
”Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run combined have grossed half a »
Even before Mel Gibson made an unannounced appearance on the red carpet for “Mad Max: Fury Road,” energy was high at the Hollywood premiere of George Miller’s action epic, as the cast and producers reunited for the first time since the Warner Bros. production wrapped filming more than two years ago.
“It’s so good that this film has finally made it to the screen, because we shot it almost three years ago, and then it’s been an idea of George’s for over a decade,” Megan Gale (Valkyrie) told Variety. “It’s been a labor of love not just for us but definitely for George Miller, so I’m so thrilled for him that it’s here.”
Labor was the operative word, especially for Miller: “People often say it’s like giving birth — it’s the closest a man gets to it, and it’s been a long labor, »
- Laura Prudom
Tom Hardy seems to figure in multiple threads of information tonight. Here’s the UK teaser for Legend, which has Hardy as both of the infamously ruthless Kray twins Ronnie and Reggie who dominated London’s criminal underworld in the 1950s and ’60s. Brian Helgeland is writing and directing the StudioCanal-financed/Working Title-produced project, which Universal Pictures is releasing in the U.S. Emily Browning, David Thewlis, Christopher Eccleston, Chazz Palminteri, Tara… »
Working Title Films just unveiled the first trailer for its upcoming "Legend" thriller, which has Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) as identical twin gangsters who controlled much of London's organized crime in the 1960s. Check it out below. The new movie is written and directed by Brian Helgeland (42) and co-stars Emily Browning, Christopher Eccleston, Taron Egerton, Tara Fitzgerald, Chazz Palminteri and David Thewlis. "Legend" has been picked up for domestic distribution and will be released later this year. Trailer: »
The last time we got a major movie based around the Kray brothers, it was Peter Medak's The Krays, starring a sizeable chunk of Spandau Ballet (Martin and Gary Kemp). The brutal story of the notorious London gangsters was a solid hit too, although it would be fair to say it doesn't always make for the most comfortable viewing.
Later this year, a new telling of the Krays' story is coming to the big screen, courtesy of writer/director Brian Helgeland. This time, though, Tom Hardy is playing both Ronnie and Reggie in the movie.
The first trailer for the movie - which goes by the name of Legend - has been released, and thus we get an idea of just how that mechanic is going to work. Really rather well by the looks of it. »
Tom Hardy’s last acting challenge was acting entirely by himself for an entire movie while driving a car in 2014’s Locke. But now Hardy is doubling down on that challenge by starring as a set of twins in Brian Helgeland’s (L.A. Confidential, Mystic River) gangster drama Legend.
Based on the ’50s and ’60s organized crime wave of The Kray twins, Reggie and Ronnie, Legend documents their rise to power and their rein of terror as night club owners and celebrity gangsters. In addition to their identical appearance, Ronnie Kray also suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, so there’s certainly a lot of meat here for Hardy to bite off. Here’s the official synopsis:
From Academy Award® winner Brian Helgeland comes the true story of the rise and fall of London’s most notorious gangsters, Reggie and Ron Kray, both portrayed by Tom Hardy in an amazing double performance. »
- Brian Welk
The first teaser trailer has arrived online for Legend, which tells the story of British gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray and sees Tom Hardy starring in dual roles as the twins. Check it out below after the official synopsis…
From Academy Award® winner Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Mystic River) comes the true story of the rise and fall of London’s most notorious gangsters, Reggie and Ron Kray, both portrayed by Tom Hardy in an incredible performance. Legend is a classic crime thriller taking us into the secret history of the 1960s and the extraordinary events that secured the infamy of the Kray Twins.
Legend is set for release on September 11th, with a cast that also includes Emily Browning (Sucker Punch), David Thewlis (The Theory of Everything), Christopher Eccleston (Thor: The Dark World) and Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service).
- Thomas Roach
Writer/director Brian Helgeland follows up "42" with British organized crime thriller "Legend," inspired by John Pearson’s book "Profession of Violence." Hardy plays the two notorious Kray brothers opposite Aussie actress Emily Browning and English actor Christopher Eccleston (wonderful as a fanatical preacher on HBO's "The Leftovers"). Helgeland won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar in 1998 for his wickedly clever James Ellroy noir "La Confidential," directed by Curtis Hanson. He was nominated in 2005 for penning Clint Eastwood's crime melodrama "Mystic River." "Legend" opens in the UK on September 11, suggesting an awards bid, but no Us release date has been set. Working Title will handle the film's imminent Us release. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Hardy plays notorious British gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray in this new movie from Brian Helgeland.
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- Christopher Campbell
Tom Hardy is Kray Kray – literally. For Brian Helgeland’s upcoming crime drama Legend, the Mad Max: Fury Road star will play twins Ronald and Reginald Kray, two illustrious London mobsters who ruled the underbelly of 60s London from the top-down.
Based on John Pearson’s acclaimed novel The Progression Of Violence, the film will chart the rise and fall of the sharp-suited pair, who operated out of their nightclub in the city’s West End, gaining access to the capital’s richest denizens and plush hotel rooms. From their seedy ivory tower, the Kray twins were able to pull the strings on their own tight-knit gang of criminals. Known as The Firm, the crooks were essentially employed to carry out the siblings’ dirty work, be it arson, theft or out-and-out murder. Eventually, Ronald and Reginald Kray were sentenced to prison in 1969.
Given that Helgeland has dabbled in the historical »
- Michael Briers
If you like Tom Hardy you're getting two times the performance in the upcoming crime thriller Legend from director Brian Helgeland (42, Payback) as he plays identical twin gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray as they terrorize London during the 1950s and 1960s. Set for a September 11 release in the UK, Cross Creek has still yet to set a date stateside, but you better believe I'll be on the lookout for this one as it was one of my most anticipated movies of 2015. readmore postid="166652" The pic co-stars Emily Browning, David Thewlis, Christopher Eccleston and Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service) and you can read up on the Kray brothers here and how Helgeland came to put together the screenplay, but first check out the first teaser trailer below. sb id="1518551" height="360" width="640" »
- Brad Brevet
Tom Hardy does double duty in Legend as the Kray twins, Ronald and Reginald Kray. Written by Brian Helgeland, the screenwriter of L.A. Confidential and Mystic River, the movie is about sibling mobsters who ruled the streets of London in the '60s. Don't worry! You'll be able to tell them apart because one Tom Hardy wears glasses and the other doesn't. You could even call them the Hardy boys. »
- E. Alex Jung
If Tom Hardy isn't a household name yet, that will soon change. Capitalizing on the buzz surrounding Hardy's upcoming performance in "Mad Max: Fury Road," Studiocanal has just released a teaser trailer for the upcoming crime drama "Legend." The story follows the real life Kray twins as they terrorize 1960s London using guns, cars and mean scowls. Hardy's double-duty performance could definitely put him in line for acting awards. Directed by "L.A. Confidential" writer and "42" director Brian Helgeland, the film also stars Emily Browning and Christopher Eccleston. It hits UK cinemas September 11. It has no U.S. release date yet, but is being distributed by Universal. Read More: Watch: The 'True Detective' Season 2 is 'Torn' Thanks To Amazing Re-Edits »
- Elizabeth Logan
It’s been nearly a year since we shared the first image of Tom Hardy as Ronald and Reginald Kray, but now you can see the twin gangsters in action in the very first Legend trailer. The Brian Helgeland-directed film tells the true story of the identical twins who ruled the London crime scene in the 1950s and 1960s. While Hardy’s double performance is certainly the highlight of this trailer, the piece also does a stellar job of conveying a curious tone, putting an unusual pep to the Kray twins’ menace through some especially vibrant imagery set to the tune of Roy Orbison’s “Running Scared.” You can check out the new Legend trailer for yourself below. The film also stars Emily Browning, David Thewlis, Christopher Eccleston, Chazz Palminteri and Taron Egerton. (Why do I get the feeling that Egerton never would have scored that one shot in »
- Perri Nemiroff
Several films have already been made about the Kray brothers, two notorious career criminals who ran a veritable gangster empire in London. This September we'll get another adaptation of their story: Legend, written and directed by Brian Helgeland, and starring Tom Hardy as both of the infamous twins. The film will cover the rise of Ronald and Reginald Kray during the fifties and sixties, and is an adaptation of the book The Progression Of Violence by John Pearson. Helgeland is rightfully famous for writing the script for L.A. Confidential, and directing A Knight's Tale (and at least one-and-a-half version of Payback). With him and Tom Hardy attached to this material, there sure are enough reasons to get excited. Today a teaser trailer landed, and it...
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"Me and my brother, we're gonna rule London." Hot on the heels of the intense trailer for the crime drama Black Mass starring Johnny Depp, it looks like Tom Hardy has a great crime thriller of his own on the way too. Legend sees the star of Inception and Mad Max: Fury Road pulling double duty as twin brothers Reggie and Ron Kray, two of London's most notorious gangsters from the 1960s. It's only a teaser trailer, so it mostly just sets the stage for the story, but there's a good indication that this could be a fantastic crime thriller with a tour de force from Hardy on display. Keep an eye out for Taron Egerton in there too. Watch! Here's the first UK teaser trailer for Brian Helgeland's Legend from Studio Canal UK: Legend is written and directed by Brian Helgeland (A Knight's Tale, Payback, 42). Tom Hardy stars »
- Ethan Anderton
He's already portrayed one famous British criminal in Bronson, now Tom Hardy is trying his hand at two with Legend, using CGI trickery to step into the shoes of the infamous Kray Twins, Ronnie and Reggie. Directed by Brian Helgeland (A Knight's Tale, and Oscar nominated writer of Mystic River), Legend delves into the twins rise to power in the 60's, a time when they terrorised London with their crime gang The Firm. While the first teaser is just that, it does gives us a great sense of the tone and style of the movie, and gives a look at Hardy's fantastic performance (or is that performances?), able to convey the differences between the two in ingeniously subtle ways. Released: 11th September (Irl/U.K.) »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Emily Browning also appears as Reggie's estranged wife Frances Shea, who died under suspicious circumstances in 1967.
An inquest ruled that she committed suicide, but a former lover of Reggie has since claimed that Ronnie killed her during a heated argument.
Legend will be released in UK cinemas on September 11.
Hardy recently signed up to star in three more Mad Max films. »
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