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Tom Hardy to Star as Al Capone in Josh Trank’s ‘Fonzo’

The film will focus on the final days of the gangster's life.

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Tom Hardy is headed to the Prohibition era for his next role. Deadline reports that the actor has just signed on to portray the infamous American gangster Al Capone in the upcoming drama “Fonzo.”

The film, which is in pre-production, is written and will be directed by Josh Trank. “Fonze” will focus on the final days of Capone’s life when, after eight years of imprisonment, dementia begins to rot his mind and his memories of his violent and brutal origins begin to haunt him.

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The film will be produced by Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder of Addictive Pictures and Lawrence Bender.

Alphonse Gabriel “Al” Capone was a ruthless businessman and bootlegger who ruled Chicago with an iron first before being famously taken down by Eliot Ness. He co-founded and was the boss of the Chicago Outfit. Dubbed “Public Enemy No. 1,” he ultimately died at the age of 48 of cardiac arrest after suffering a stroke. 

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Trank is best known for his film “Fantastic Four” and his directorial feature debut “Chronicle.”

Hardy last starred in Season 3 of “Peaky Blinders,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” and “The Revenant,” for which he received an Academy Award nomination in the Best Supporting Actor category. He will next be seen in Christopher Nolan’s historical drama “Dunkirk,” out July 17, 2017, and “Mad Max: The Wasteland.” He’s also set to portray Ernest Shackleton, the famed explorer who endured the Antarctic a century ago.

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