It’s time to get excited about the movie casting you didn’t know you needed: actor (and dreamboat) Tom Hardy is set to play Al Capone in an upcoming gangster biopic.
Capone was an infamous mobster in the early 20th century, who was involved in crimes that included bootlegging, tax evasion, and murder.
In 1931, Capone was charged tax evasion and contempt of court, where he was eventually sentenced to 11 years in jail at the Atlanta U.S. Penitentiary and the notorious Alcatraz. He would be released only eight years later after he began to develop paresis, a mental condition caused by syphilis.
He would spend the remaining seven years between his Chicago mansion and Union Memorial Hospital. He died at the age of 48.
Hardy will start filming Fonzo in New Orleans on April 2, and center around his later years as he battles with dementia.
The synopsis reads: “Once a ruthless businessman and bootlegger who ruled Chicago with an iron fist, Alfonse Capone was the most infamous and feared gangster of American lore,” the film’s description read.
“At the age of 47, following nearly a decade of imprisonment, dementia rots Alfonse’s mind and his past becomes present as harrowing memories of his violent and brutal origins melt into his waking life.”
The Mad Max: Fury Road star is known to alter his body for movie roles, and while we’ve only noticed him getting buffer, I’m intrigued to see if he transforms his body into the late Capone’s overweight figure.
Will be watching the new Al Capone flick?