Tom Hardy is to join the cast of BBC Two’s acclaimed drama Peaky Blinders, it has been confirmed.
The Bafta-winning actor, whose credits include Inception, The Dark Knight Rises and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, will join the gangster drama when it returns in autumn 2014.
Hardy will join fellow Batman villain and Cork native Cillian Murphy as a charismatic leader who presents a unique opportunity to Murphy’s character Tommy Shelby.
The casting decision also reunites Hardy with Locke writer and director Steven Knight, who wrote and created the BBC series.
Fans were quick to react to the announcement on social media, with one writing: “Top casting, Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy back on the screen together again, so exciting!”
The hit series follows a gangster family in Birmingham which sew razor blades in the peak of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby who seeks to move up in the world.
Series Two of Peaky Blinders, which starts shooting later this month, will see the Shelby family expand their empire as the 1920 begin to roar.
Peaky Blinders will return to BBC Two in autumn 2014.
Independent News Service