Tom Hardy will be ravaged with syphilis in the not too distant future. Not personally, mind you. We meant that in the “portraying a notorious American icon suffering from syphilitic dementia” sense.
Deadline reports that Hardy is attached to play gangster Al Capone in a motion picture titled Fonzo. The film is rooted in the later years of Capone’s life after being busted by Eliot Ness. “After nearly a decade of imprisonment, dementia rots his mind and his past becomes present as harrowing memories of his violent and brutal origins melt into his waking life,” offers the outlet’s description.
Fonzo is currently in the preproduction stage of things with no target release date served up as of yet. The film does have the interesting quirk of having Fantastic Four rebooter Josh Trank in the role of writer/director, which could also double as a redemption story for Trank following the sour reaction his last effort generated.
There hasn’t been too big of a gap between Tom Hardy gangster projects. Last year, the Mad Max: Fury Road talent portrayed the Kray Twins in Brian Helgeland’s Legend. It’s not unreasonable to presume Hardy will be excellent in his next real life bad guy role too.