Tom Hardy has played historical figures on screen in the past, but it looks like his upcoming role as Al Capone in the biographical drama “Fonzo” will be one of his most transformative true roles yet. Production is currently underway in New Orleans on the biopic, which is being directed by “Fantastic Four” and “Chronicle” filmmaker Josh Trank. Hardy has been sharing behind-the-scenes photos from the “Fonzo” production on his Instagram page.
“Fonzo” takes place 10 years into Capone’s prison sentence. The 47-year-old gangster begins suffering from dementia and becomes haunted by his violent past. Joining Hardy on screen is Linda Cardellini, Matt Dillon, Kyle McLachlan, and “Dunkirk” breakout Jack Lowden.
The production is notable for being Trank’s first since “Fantastic Four.” The director feuded with studio 20th Century Fox over final cut privileges and reshoots and bashed the film’s theatrical release in a since-deleted Tweet that claimed he had a better version of the film before Fox meddled with it behind his back. Trank also wrote the film’s screenplay.
“Fonzo” counts Lawrence Bender as one of its producers. Bender is best known for his collaborations with Quentin Tarantino, including “Reservoir Dogs,” “Pulp Fiction,” and “Kill Bill.” The film is one of two upcoming Hardy projects, the other being the Sony superhero tentpole “Venom.” The potential blockbuster is set for release on October 5.