Days after the 9/11 attacks, a man who calls himself an “American terrorist” walks into a Dallas area minimart and shoots the man working there, an immigrant who was an officer in the Bangladeshi Air Force.

This is the impetus for the book True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas, which is now being made into a movie by Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow. Playing the role of “American terrorist” Mark Stroman will be Tom Hardy, who most recently stretched out his villain legs playing Bane in The Dark Knight Rises.

Terrorist- and post-9/11 anxiety-themed films are Bigelow’s specialty these days, as Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker tapped into a lot of the same emotions we can expect to see with True American. While Hardy was not a part of those films, we’ve seen in his previous work an ability to be menacing and yet human at the same time.

This character-driven film could be the role that takes Hardy into the next level of A-list actors, and sure sounds to us like it will be a contender for major awards. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

[via Vulture]