Tom Hardy is a busy, busy man, with multiple projects on the horizon. His star grows bigger every day, and will no doubt reach even greater heights when his turn as Bane in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy-maker, The Dark Knight Rises, finally arrives.
But that’s not stopping the British actor from locking up some projects for a little bit down the road, as well. Speaking to The Daily Mail, Hardy shared that he’ll be starring in a movie titled Cicero, where he’ll be playing a Prohibition-era Al Capone. The movie doesn’t even start filming until 2013-2014, but the script is currently being re-worked by director David Yates—who helmed the final four Harry Potter movies—from a draft written by Walon Green (The Wild Bunch, ER).
There’s also a chance that the project will turn into a Capone trilogy, but for now they’re just focusing on that first film.
In preparation for the role, Hardy has buried himself in the Warner Brothers vault watching classic gangster movies like The Public Enemy with James Cagney, The Petrified Forest with Humphrey Bogart, Little Caesar with Edward G. Robinson, The Roaring Twenties, which starred both Cagney and Bogart, and many others that deal with Prohibition.
And if you don’t think a British actor can or should play Al Capone, fear not. Fellow Brit Stephen Graham also plays a young Capone (rather fantastically, I might add) on the excellent HBO series Boardwalk Empire, which is also set during Prohibition.
The plain and simple fact of the matter is that Hollywood doesn’t make enough gangster flicks anymore, much the same as westerns. It’s rather confusing to think about how many of these types of movies were made back in the Golden Age of cinema that are now considered classics, yet very rarely do we see new actors and filmmakers and writers using their talents to create fresh new stories within those genres. A sad thing, indeed.
Having seen (and loved) The Public Enemy and The Roaring Twenties, I have very high hopes that something along those lines will come from Tom Hardy’s work in Cicero.
Next up for Hardy will be George Miller’s new chapter in the Mad Max franchise, titled Mad Max: Fury Road, which begins production in April.
Are you interested in seeing Tom Hardy as Al Capone? Is it even possible to not be interested?
[Source: The Daily Mail via Cinema Blend]