Tom Hardy to Star In My War Gone By, I Miss It So
Posted 2017/07/27 0 0
Tom Hardy is set to star in the Bosnian War movie to be directed and produced by Gavin O’Connor.
The 39-year-old actor will play English journalist and war correspondent Anthony Lloyd, who left England at 26 to cover the conflict in Bosnia, and saw the brutal struggle, before returning home to deal with psychological scars and substance abuse.
"My War Gone By is a brutal yet sensitive story which addresses both the nature of addiction and the experience of war," Hardy tells Variety. "I was struck by Anthony’s work and words, experiences, and for me his is an important voice and an important book."
And Hardy has recruited his Warrior director Gavin O'Connor to co-produce and call the shots on the movie. "Anthony’s memoir was love at first page – a portrait of war like I’d never read before,” O’Connor says. "An up-close-and-personal account of a heroin junkie reporting from the front lines of Bosnia – the bloodiest conflict Europe has witnessed since the Second World War – who uses the high of war to kick his drug habit. It’s a book written with both fists. It’s Anthony’s Apocalypse Now. I feel privileged and honored for the opportunity to bring the book to the movies."
The film is based on the 1999 book of the same name by Lloyd. From the Amazon description for the book “My War Gone By, I Miss It So”: “Born to a distinguished family steeped in military tradition, raised on stories of wartime and ancestral heroes, Anthony Loyd longed to experience war from the front lines—so he left England at the age of twenty-six to document the conflict in Bosnia. For the following three years he witnessed the killings of one of the most callous and chaotic clashes on European soil, in the midst of a lethal struggle among the Serbs, Croatians, and Bosnian Muslims. Addicted to the adrenaline of armed combat, he returned home to wage a longstanding personal battle against substance abuse.”
Hardy was recently seen in Christopher Nolan's war drama Dunkirk as a Royal Air Force pilot. Director O’Connor has previously helmed films like The Accountant, Warrior and Pride and Glory.