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Tom Hardy’s ‘Legend’ Pushed Back to November

Universal Pictures has pushed the release of the Tom Hardy gangster film “Legend” back by more than a month.

The studio will now release the picture in a handful of theaters in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, Nov. 20, slowly expanding to additional theaters before going wide on Dec. 11.

Legend” was originally slated for release on Oct. 2, where it would have debuted against “The Martian” with Matt Damon and an Imax-only limited release of “The Walk,” a 3D look at Philippe Petit’s tightrope walk between the Twin Towers. Both of those films are geared at the same adult audience that “Legend” wants to attract.

In its new slot, “Legend” will go up against “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” which will be more geared at younger crowds, and will face its fiercest competition from thriller “The Secret In Their Eyes.”

“Legend” centers on the Kray twins, infamous British crime lords who rose to power in Swinging London. Brian Helgeland, the writer of “L.A. Confidential,” directs the film, which Studiocanal, Working Title Films and Cross Creek Pictures backed. It screened at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

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