Stuart goes forward at HBO, BBC

HBO and UK channel BBC Two have teamed for Stuart: A Life Backwards, a TV movie based on the true story of an unusual friendship between a homeless man and a writer.

Tom Hardy plays Stuart Shorter, a young, homeless, aggressive alcoholic and drug addict whose life took an unexpected turn when he met writer/charity worker Alexander Masters (Benedict Cumberbatch).

Responding to Masters' request to write his biography, Stuart agreed but only if he could tell the story backward. Over time, Alexander got a glimpse into an alien world and began to understand how Stuart's life spiraled out of control.

Masters adapted his memoir for the small screen, with David Attwood (To the End of the Earth) directing. Filming has begun in England.

Hardy's credits include features Marie Antoinette, Layer Cake, and Black Hawk Down and HBO's miniseries Band of Brothers. Cumberbatch stars in Starter for Ten, which premieres Wednesday at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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