Two star names: the arguably most commercially successful female-director (The Hurt Locker, Strange Days) teams up with the super-star who has been working his ass off the past few years in major roles after a decade of small parts (The Dark Knight Rises, Lawless, Bronson, etc.)
“The film is based on Anand Giridharadas book that tells the true story of Rais Uddin Bhuiyan, a Bangladesh Air Force officer who dreams of immigrating to America and working in technology. But days after 9/11, an avowed “American terrorist” named Mark Stroman, seeking revenge, walks into the Dallas minimart where Bhuiyan has found temporary work and shoots him, maiming and nearly killing him.
W.W. Norton & Company is publishing the book.
Hardy has received rave reviews for his one man show in the A24 film “Locke” and has a handful of films set to bow this year including the Fox Searchlight pic “The Drop” and the Summit crime drama “Child 44.” He is also set to star as Elton John in the biopic “Rocket Man” and the New Regency pic “Splinter Cell.”
I love Hardy’s work and am always ready to see what he gives to the performance. Bigelow for me is always better the less political she is and when she simply focuses on telling the story.