Tom Hardy must have a thing for playing mobsters. The British actor has found a comfortable home in the world of crime dramas, following up 2014’s The Drop with a critically acclaimed portrayal of both Kray twins in 2015’s Legend. As The Hollywood Reporter notes, the Academy Award nominee has now signed on to play the notorious American mobster Al Capone in Fonzo, the forthcoming project from semi-disgraced writer-director Josh Trank.
Fonzo‘s story picks up with Capone at the age of 47, his mind slipping into dementia after nearly a decade of imprisonment. His past inevitably comes back to haunt him, and he’s forced to contend with the ramifications of a most violent youth. While this doesn’t exactly sound like a redemption story, it may be just that for Trank, whose struggles on the set of 2015’s Fantastic Four led some to question whether he had burned his bridges in Hollywood.
The film will be produced by Russell Ackerman and John Shoenfelder for Addictive Pictures along with Lawrence Bender, a longtime producer of Quentin Tarantino’s films. Bloom will handle international sales on the project, and the company’s Alex Bloom sounds excited to bring Fonzo to an audience. “Fonzo brings together the myth and lore of notorious American Gangster Al Capone, with the undeniable talent of Tom Hardy and Josh Trank,” he said in a statement.
Seems promising. Let’s just hope Trank keeps his dogs away from the production this time.