‘Jackie’ Director To Team With Tom Hardy

After a rather busy 2016, director Pablo Larrain is already moving towards his next project. Deadline reports that Larrain will be working on an adaptation of The True American: Murder And Mercy In Texas, the 2014 nonfiction book by Anand Giridharadas.

The synopsis via that report is as follows: “Set in Texas in the days following the September 11 attacks, ‘The True American’ tells 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.”

This is clearly an important story and one that deserves to be told in film. With the political climate we’re currently living in, a story that features a Muslim man who deserves to be angry and responds with compassion could possibly be one of the most important films to see. The answer to anger should never be more anger, and maybe putting The True American in front of more eyes could help that.

My first experience with Pablo Larrain was trying to find No after it was nominated for the Foreign Language Oscar. It really is a terrific film with one of Gael Garcia Bernal’s best performances to date, but it wasn’t quite enough for me to remember his name.

With Jackie, I’d never forget.

Beyond just the magnificent performance that Natalie Portman delivers in that film, I found it to be one of the most interesting biopics I’ve ever seen. It isn’t easy to describe to someone who hasn’t seen it, and I also haven’t seen it since the theatrical run, but it differs greatly from the pack in both narrative style and focus. The score is haunting (and appropriately Oscar-nominated as well) and the cinematography is lush. I’m still hoping to find some way to watch his other nontraditional biopic, Neruda, which once again features Bernal. Larrain is certainly a man to keep looking for on the horizon.

Pablo Larrain is known for last year’s films, Jackie and Neruda, two fascinating biopics, as well as No, which was Academy Award nominated for Best Foreign Language Feature in 2012.

Tom Hardy, presumably playing Stroman, is best known for films such as Mad Max: Fury Road, Inception, and The Dark Knight Rises. He was Academy Award nominated for The Revenant.

The film will be produced by Kathryn Bigelow and Annapurna Pictures, known for Zero Dark Thirty, Her, and 2016’s 20th Century Women.


Nick Potter

Co-founder of The Filmsmiths. Degree in Broadcast & Cinematic Arts with a minor in Cinema Studies from Central Michigan University. Pretty much the barbecue sauce of people but I'm doing my best.

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