Tom Hardy will play an aging Al Capone in an upcoming film entitled Fonzo which begins shooting this spring in New Orleans. Josh Trank (Chronicle, Fantastic Four) will direct the movie focusing on Capone’s final years when he was living in retirement in Florida and his mind was being ravaged by a bout with syphilis. “Fonzo” was a nickname Capone’s family had for him, short for Alphonse, his birth name.

Capone died in January 1947 at age 48, almost two decades removed from running the organized crime landscape in Chicago. He was America’s most recognized mob figure during Prohibition, becoming the country’s first celebrity gangster in the modern media age, courting the press while killing many of his enemies in high-profile fashion.

Hardy is best known for roles in the films Mad Max: Fury Road, The Dark Knight Rises and The Revenant and television shows Peaky Blinders and Band of Brothers. His performance in The Revenant (2015) opposite Leonardo DiCaprio earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He played fabled London gangland figures the Kray twins in 2015’s Legend. Hollywood insiders speculate that the British leading man will be in the running to take over the James Bond franchise from Daniel Craig after Craig shoots one more movie as the iconic 007.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Capone relocated to Chicago early in Prohibition and went to work in the rackets. By 1925, he had taken over the city’s Southside Italian mafia. Convicted of tax evasion in 1931, he served eight years in prison. Released in late 1939, he moved to Florida where he had an opulent vacation home on Palm Island in Miami.

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  1. CantoLibre

    Re: Chris Posted March 1, 2018 at 12:38 pm Chris writes: “Why not automatically put everyone on the BDR who resides in a dry community. Like most ideas, what”s missing is full consideration of the practical wide range of circumstances. Prohibition creates a market for illicit alcohol, then makes everyone an illegal consumer. The USA tried the prohibition approach, banning everyone from drinking alcohol, including those not creating problems. Was that really a success? Will everyone living in an (often by name only) dry community be banned from consuming alcohol elsewhere within the NT when they leave that community ? Will visitors to dry communities not on the Banned Drinker Register be permitted take alcohol to a dry community ? View Comment