Welsh up-and-comer Aneurin Barnard, 27, has joined Tom Hardy in Brian Helgeland‘s gangster thriller “Legend.”
Filming is already underway in London for “Legend,” which stars Hardy in the dual roles of Ronnie and Reggie Kray, two twins who became infamous in 1950s and ’60s London for their criminal activities. The two were convicted for the murder of Jack ‘The Hat’ McVitie in 1969, with a judge sentencing them both to a minimum of 30 years in prison. Ronald died in 1995, followed by Reggie in 2000.
The film, which is slated for a 2015 release, coincidentally has Barnard once again portraying renowned British fashion photographer David Bailey — a role he previously played opposite Karen Gillan as Jean Shrimpton in John McKay’s 2012 TV movie “We’ll Take Manhattan.” Along with Hardy, he also joins Emily Browning who plays the role of Frances Shea, the young wife of Reggie.
Barnard, who is best known for his roles in films like “Citadel” and “The Truth About Emanuel,” found his first breakthrough roles on the stage with leadings roles in “Honky Dory” and “Spring Awakening” — the latter of which earned him a Laurence Olivier Award in 2010 for Best Actor in a Musical or Entertainment. He will next be seen as Cilla Black’s record producing partner Bobby Willis in the TV movie “Cillia” and opposite Max Irons in “The Devil’s Harvest.”