After scoring cheers at its Toronto International Film Festival premiere, Universal’s Legend starring Tom Hardy as British gangster twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray is moving off its October 2 release date to Friday, November 20 where it will open in New York and Los Angeles. This is not a slap in the face to the film, in fact it’s a better springboard for Legend. The original October 2 release was bulked up with too many guy pics, read 20th Century Fox’s The Martian and Sony’s Imax-fueled The Walk. November 20 boasts fewer male-demo pics, such as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 and STX’s The Secret in Their Eyes. Not to mention, a platform roll out will allow more audiences to find Legend and for word of mouth to build; it’s a different kind of gangster epic (very British in fact), one which could play strong into awards season, in particular for Hardy as best actor. Following its limited play, Legend will expand to additional U.S. markets on November 25 and December 11. Directed by Brian Helgeland, Legend is a co-production with Studiocanal, Working Title Films and Crook Creek Pictures. Legend recently opened in the United Kingdom where it made close to $8M, cracking all sorts of September records there. Helgeland stopped by Deadline/Awardsline studio at TIFF where he discussed the film and how Hardy got lost in the parts.
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