Tom Hardy is undoubtedly one of the most loved actors currently working in the film industry, and there doesn’t seem to be a role he can’t take on.
He’s shown his chops in big action blockbusters beefing up big-time to play Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, playing an RAF pilot in Dunkirk and lived through the apocalypse in Mad Max: Fury Road.
In between these large budget films, Hardy regular pops up in indie projects such as Locke as well as starring in acclaimed shows including Taboo and Peaky Blinders.
One of his next projects though has got us all very excited as he is set to play Al Capone in the upcoming biopic Fonzo.
Deadline first confirmed Hardy will take on the role of the infamous American gangster in 2016 and now finally cameras are due to start rolling on the project.
It’s fair to say he’d be suited to the role considering his performances as Charles Bronson in Bronson, both Kray brothers in Legend and Alfie Solomons in Peaky Blinders.
In an Instagram post yesterday, Hardy posted a snap that gives us our first look at the actor as the mobster who is known by the nickname ‘Scarface’.
Simply captioned ‘Time for Al Cap’, Hardy stared down the camera lens obscuring his face with billows of smoke.
If the film is as moody and mysterious as this one photo, then we are in for a treat indeed!
Fonzo is reportedly going to tell the story of Capone as dementia sets in, bringing forward past memories of his violent lifestyle.
The official and enticing synopsis is as follows:
Once a ruthless businessman and bootlegger who ruled Chicago with an iron fist, Al Capone was the most infamous and feared gangster of American lore.
At the age of 47, following nearly a decade of imprisonment, dementia rots Al’s mind and his past becomes present as harrowing memories of his violent and brutal origins melt into his waking life.
By the time Capone was released, he was a withered figure shortly dying of a heart attack afterwards in 1947 at the age of only 48.
The biopic has been in development for a few years now and is due to be directed by Josh Trank, the man responsible for the groundbreaking science-fiction film Chronicle in 2012.
Filming is due to start in early April and although there is no official release date yet, hopefully it won’t be long until we see Hardy as Capone on the big screen.
Luckily for us though Hardy’s next big and exciting project Venom is due for release later this year and we honestly can’t wait.
You can watch the first trailer for the antihero flick here:
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In the movie Hardy will take on the lead role of Eddie Brock who in the comics is a journalist who becomes bonded with an alien symbiote.
Together, they are Venom – an anti-hero that protects the innocent.
Venom swings his way onto the big screen October 5.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.