It seems like Kathryn Bigelow will no longer be returning to her days of surfing pictures, rather continuing down the path of post-9/11 war-centered dramas. Coming after 2012’s Zero Dark Thirty, she’s now announced her next directorial project, one that will reteam her with Annapurna’s Megan Ellison and they’ve already set a lead.

Tom Hardy is attached to star in the adaptation of Anand Giridharadas‘ novel The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas, which just hit shelves earlier this month. While no writer is set yet, it will bring Bigelow back to American soil, telling the true story of a Bangladeshi immigrant who was attacked after a Texas man went on a murder spree following the September 11th terrorist attacks. It sounds like gripping source material and a perfect match for Bigelow. As we await more details for The True American, check out the synopsis below and pick up the book on Amazon.

THE TRUE AMERICAN meticulously reconstructs two lives that collided in horrific fashion. In the charged, angry days after 9/11, self-styled “American Terrorist” Mark Stroman murdered two immigrants in Texas, while a third man survived being shot in the head during Stroman’s spree: Raisuddin Bhuiyan, a Bangladesh Air Force veteran, was working at a Dallas-area convenience store as he established himself in America. With Stroman identified and apprehended, the tale begins its tack toward deeper emotional waters. THE TRUE AMERICAN is a richly detailed, affecting account of two men bound, as it turns out, by more than just an act of violence.

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