Mark Ruffalo and Kumail Nanjiani to Star in The True American
Tracking Board reports that Mark Ruffalo (Thor: Ragnarok, Spotlight) and Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick, Silicon Valley) are currently in negotiations to star in The True American.
Helming the post 9/11 drama is the Academy Award-winning Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín (Jackie, No). Larraín took over directorial duties from Kathryn Bigelow, who will now be producing the movie with Annapurna Pictures’ Megan Ellison and Matthew Budgman alongside Juan de Dios Larraín. Tom Hardy and Riz Ahmed were previously in talks to star in the film.
The True American is based on The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas, a nonfiction book by Anand Giridharadas published in 2014 by W.W. Norton & Company.
Set in Texas in the days following the September 11 attacks, The True American tells the story of Rais Bhuiyan, a Muslim immigrant and Bangladesh Air Force veteran who narrowly survived a killing spree that took the lives of two other immigrants. Employed at a Dallas-area convenience store as he established himself in America, Bhuiyan worked to have his attacker, self-styled “Arab slayer” Mark Stroman, spared from execution.
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