39-year old Tom Hardy is gearing up to take on one of the most iconic real life villains in the form of Al Capone for the film Fonzo. THR reports that the upcoming drama will be a big project from writer-director Josh Trank. As he attempts to bring the mobster back to life on the big screen.
Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder are on board to produce the picture with the company Bloom managing the international sales. Buyers are said to be introduced at AFM, as further details of pre-production are released to the public.
Frenzo To Show An Older, Frail Version Of The Thug
It's no debate that Hardy clearly has the acting chops and physical attributes to show Capone at his peak taking on the law. The only catch is that the screenplay and narrative is set to focus on the gangster's later years. So much later, that we'll witness a criminal who is now worn down and suffering from dementia. While it sounds really old, this was Capone at the age of 47. One word: Syphilis. With a decade of imprisonment behind him, his criminal past quickly catches up with him. A setup that makes it easy to assume that this will not have a happy ending for the protagonist.
Bloom's Alex Walton could not hide his excitement on bringing the star actor and director together for this project. Walton explains how apt it is for them to work on this particular story.
“Fonzo brings together the myth and lore of notorious American gangster Al Capone, with the undeniable talent of Tom Hardy and Josh Trank," explained Bloom. "We are thrilled to bring this film to buyers at the AFM."
Hardy Taking On Real Life Gangsters In Quick Succession
If gangster Tom Hardy rings a bell, that would be on account of Legend. The 2015 crime drama where he played the infamous Kray Twins. Taking on the duel roles of Ronald "Ronnie" Kray and Reginald "Reggie" Kray, he put in a double shift to showcase the unique 60s villains. Whether it was from their time wrecking havoc on the streets of London, getting into criminal shenanigans, or the murders of George Cornell and Jack "The Hat" McVitie.
Whilst it almost doubled their budget with a $43m return at the box office, the critical reception was mixed. Most in part because the "biopic" played with the truth. Hopefully Fonzo doesn't use too much poetic license and allows Hardy to do what he does best. Such as make a mobster loveable and complex.