Jackie was an eerie, melancholic, introspective masterpiece last year that still remains pretty undervalued. One person that isn’t is the films’ director, Pablo Larraín, who only continues to move up in the world. He’s set to helm The True American, which is planned to star Tom Hardy.
The project is based off the non-fiction book of the same name by Anand Giridharadas, set in Texas in the days after 9/11.
“It follows the story of Rais Bhuiyan, a Muslim immigrant and Bangladesh Air Force veteran who narrowly survived a killing spree that took the lives of two other immigrants. Employed at a Dallas-area convenience store as he established himself in America, Bhuiyan worked to have his attacker, self-styled “Arab-slayer” Mark Stroman, spared from execution”.
Kathryn Bigelow was originally lined up to helm the project a few years ago, but she’ll now produce instead with Annapurna Pictures distributing. The project sounds enticing and the story, despite being set around 9/11, has pretty much found the perfect contemporary time to be told.
Hardy’s schedule could still be an issue, since he’s got Triple Frontier, the Mad Max: Fury Road sequel and Andrew Dominik‘s War Party all on his plate about now. Hopefully he’ll find time, as this sounds like a powerful project to be involved in. We’ve already seen Larraín handle one American tragedy expertly, let’s hope he can pull off another.