Aside from the fact that I’d watch Tom Hardy fry an egg and I’m really excited to see him in not just one but two leading roles, this movie will be of special interest to us as Whitechapel fans. In Legend, Tom will play both of the infamous Kray twins, whose modern sort-of reincarnations (and fictional biological sons of Ronnie Kray) we met in Series 2, marvellously played by Craig Parkinson in a double role.
Legend is going to be a period piece, set to chronicle the Kray twins’ rise and claim to power during the 1950s and ’60s as well as their personal tribulations, apparently channeling a good bit of Seth and Richard Gecko as they go. Much has been told and written about the Kray twins — autobiographies, collections of prison letters published posthumously, as well as long list of interviews including and about them. I’m curious as to how the movie will deal with Ronnie being openly bisexual, as well as his condition (he was eventually diagnosed with schizophrenia and certified insane). Emily Browning (Sucker Punch) is set to play Frances Shea, who played a rather tragic role that will shed light on the brothers’ relationship as well.
Other cast members include Taron Egerton (Kingsman), Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who), and Paul Anderson (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows).
Legend is set for release in September 2015.