Nearly three years ago, we got very excited when it was announced that “The Hurt Locker” and “Zero Dark Thirty” director Kathryn Bigelow was going to helm “The True American” starring Tom Hardy. However, the project didn’t get in front of cameras, and honestly, we kind of forgot about it. But it’s kicking back to life, with an exciting new name in the director’s seat.
Pablo Larrain has signed up to take over for Bigelow, who will remain on board as a producer along with Megan Ellison‘s Annapurna Pictures. And the material is terrific. The film takes place in charged, angry days after 9/11, and tells the true story of self-styled “American Terrorist”, Mark Stroman, who murdered two immigrants in Texas, while a third man survived being shot in the head during Stroman’s spree: Raisuddin Bhuiyan. The Bangladesh Air Force veteran was working at a Dallas-area convenience store as he established himself in America. The drama will detail how Bhuiyan worked to prevent Stroman from being executed for his crime.
The Chilean filmmaker showed a distinct, unique insight into American history and life with his terrific “Jackie,” and we pretty much love everything he’s done, so we’re beyond excited for this. Hardy has a pretty busy schedule, but here’s hoping this one doesn’t sit idle for too long. It sounds like it could be a real powerhouse.