Tom Hardy will be starring as Al Capone in the new film Fonzo, directed by Fantastic Four’s Josh Trank.
We know Tom Hardy already has plenty of experience in crime films, with starring roles as Charles Bronson in Bronson and the Kray twins in Legend. Trank, however, has been suffering somewhat as a director: after his success with Chronicle, he failed to meet studio expectations with Fantastic Four and lost out on a job on one of the stand-alone Star Wars films. Fonzo, which he also wrote, may be Trank’s chance to turn things around.
The film will see the infamous mob-boss near the end of his life at age 47. After almost a decade in prison, the leader of the Chicago Outfit organized crime mob is suffering from dementia, with memories of his bloody, violent past leaking into the present.
Producer Alex Walton told Screen International: "This is the kind of project we want to do: original, distinctive cinema based around something our partners can market and distribute around the world.
"You have a brand in Al Capone and this is a fresh take on the gangster genre. Tom Hardy is perhaps the only guy who could do this, so it’s perfect casting. It’s The Shining meets Black Mass – a commercial, interesting and haunting film."
In the meantime, you can see Tom Hardy in Christopher Nolan’s new film Dunkirk on 21 July 2017.