Tom Hardy (Inception) has joined the cast of BBC Two’s period drama Peaky Blinders for its upcoming six episode second season.
The Dark Knight Rises actor – who has more recently been filming alongside Gary Oldman on Child 44, a feature adaptation of Tom Rob Smith’s novel which is being produced by Scott Free Productions and Summit Entertainment – has joined the 1920’s set drama playing a charismatic leader who presents a unique opportunity to Tommy (Cillian Murphy). The BBC first made the announcement on the Peaky Blinders’ Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Created by Steven Knight, Peaky Blinders is set in Birmingham in 1919 and follows the extended Shelby criminal family whose many brothers, sisters, cousins and uncles make up the fiercest gang of post-war Birmingham: the ‘Peaky Blinders. The drama series is produced by Caryn Mandabach Productions & Tiger Aspect Productions and stars Cillian Murphy (28 Days Later), Sam Neill (The Tudors), Helen McCrory (Harry Potter), Annabelle Wallis (Snow White And The Huntsman), Iddo Goldberg (Secret Diary Of A Call Girl) and Charlie Creed-Miles (Nil By Mouth). The show’s second season, which consists of six episodes, is being written by series creator Steven Knight and enters production next month.