‘London Road’ Trailer: Tom Hardy Sings a Song of Murder
In addition to melting your faces off in Mad Max: Fury Road this year, Tom Hardy will show us a very different side of himself in the upcoming British film London Road. The musical (yes, musical) is based on the acclaimed National Theatre production of the same name, which follows local residents in a town coping with a sensational murder case. In case that didn’t clue you in, this isn’t your typical musical.
Hardy co-stars with Olivia Colman (Hot Fuzz) in the new film, which is described as:
Based on the National Theatre’s highly acclaimed verbatim musical directed by Rufus Norris, which he now directs as a feature film, LONDON ROAD documents an incident from 2006, when the town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women. The residents of London Road had struggled for years with frequent soliciting and kerb-crawling on their street. When Steve Wright, the occupant of no. 79, was arrested, charged and then convicted of the murders, the community grappled with what it meant to be at the epicentre of this tragedy. Adam Cork’s music uses the rhythmic speech patterns captured on Alecky Blythe’s recorded interviews with the people of Ipswich to create this extraordinary work, which reveals the ways in which even the darkest experiences can engender a greater sense of our mutual dependence.
That’s a fascinating approach to tackling a musical, and judging by the trailer above, London Road offers a rather original experience. Although Hardy only has one song in the film, you may have a chance to see him sing on screen again soon — the actor has been attached to the long-developing Rocketman in the role of Elton John, but updates on that project have been scarce.
London Road will arrive in U.K. theaters on June 12. A U.S. release date has yet to be announced.