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Twin challenge for Krays film star

The first glimpse of Tom Hardy as both Kray twins has been revealed ahead of a new film about the East End gangsters.

The Hollywood star is taking on the challenging task of playing both Ronnie and Reggie Kray simultaneously in Legend.

Producers have released a picture of the actor in both roles after shooting started this week.

Hardy, 36, confirmed he was taking on the project in April.

He said: "I've got to work out how to play both twins, which will be fun.

"It's another experiment and I'm really looking forward to it. I'm not going to put too much pressure on myself, I just want to have some fun and see what's out there and explore with the work."

Ronald and Reginald Kray, who were identical twins, were infamous for their involvement running organised crime rackets in London's East End and were both jailed for life in 1969 for the murders of fellow gangsters George Cornell and Jack "The Hat" McVitie.

Ronnie died of a heart attack in prison in 1995, while Reggie died of terminal cancer eight weeks after he was granted release on compassionate grounds because of his illness.

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