By Jeff Labrecque
Updated May 15, 2014 at 01:25 PM EDT
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Kathryn Bigelow will direct Tom Hardy in a film based on the non-fiction book True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas. Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures acquired the rights to Anand Giridharadas’s book, which tells the story of Raisuddin Bhuiyan, an immigrant from Bangladesh who was shot in the face by a self-proclaimed “American terrorist” and member of the Aryan Brotherhood named Mark Stroman in the days after 9/11. A decade later, Bhuiyan reached out to Stroman, publicly forgave him, and lobbied the state of Texas to spare his life from a death sentence.

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