The project is based on a non-fiction book by New York Times journalist Anand Giridharadas and centers on the self-styled "Arab Slayer" Mark Stroman. The Texas native murdered two middle-eastern immigrants after the events of 9/11. His third victim, a Muslim immigrant and Bangladesh Air Force veteran, survived being shot in the head while working at a Dallas convenience store. He ended up working to have his attacker spared from the death penalty.
Kathryn Bigelow is directing and producing the film with Annapurna's Megan Ellison. The pair previously worked together on Zero Dark Thirty, which was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. The book titled The True American: Murder And Mercy In Texas was published last week.
Tom Hardy previously starred in the 2013 British-American drama Locke and portrayed Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. He also has roles in Child 44, Mad Max: Fury Road, the video game adaptation Splinter Cell and Elton John's biopic Rocket Man.
No production date has been released.