We've finally got some detail on when we're likely to see Tom Hardy's Fonzo, in which Hardy plays a late-period Al Capone struggling with ageing and the ghosts of his criminal past.
On Twitter, director Josh Trank revealed that after delays to production pushed its release back, Fonzo is definitely going to turn up this year.
Failure was a gift.— Josh Trank (@joshuatrank) April 9, 2019
It forced me to walk an honest path, and I'm way happier today than I ever was before.
I have a film out later this year, starring Tom Hardy, called FONZO that I wrote, directed, and edited.
We had so much fun making it & it's my best work as a filmmaker.
Which is very exciting. Images have been trickling out over the last six months or so, and most of them focus on Hardy's remarkable physical transformation into the wreck that the former mob boss became later in life.
But what else do we know about Fonzo so far?
What's it about?
Hardy's Capone isn't the untouchable crime boss of his youth - his health is failing and he's haunted by the violence and crimes which made him public enemy number one during the 1920s. It sounds like they're going to use Capone's increasingly tenuous grasp on reality to weave flashbacks and time-jumping visions into the plot. Fonzo, by the way, is a riff on Capone's first name, Alphonse.
Who's in it?
Tom Hardy, obviously, who looks extremely menacing in the couple of images we have of him in character from his Instagram and some extremely long-lens pics of him on a boat wearing a very nice dressing gown.
The rest of the cast includes Twin Peaks' Kyle McLachlan, Lynda Cardellini from Mad Men as Capone's wife Mae, and Matt Dillon from Crash and There's Something About Mary. Here's a pic of Kyle McLachlan looking quite dashing on set.
Where do I know the director from?
If you're feeling charitable, you'll remember him from the very good 2012 found footage kids-get-superpowers film Chronicle. If you're feeling uncharitable, you'll saddle him with the debacle that was Fantastic Four with Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller.
Given the intimations of studio fiddling that came out after its release, that probably wasn't his fault though. Don't hold it against him. Trank has written and edited Fonzoon top of his directing duties.
What's the history behind it?
Chicago gangster Capone was jailed for tax evasion in 1932, when he was 33. Upon arriving at Atlanta US Penitentiary, he was diagnosed with gonorrhoea and syphilis, as well as having withdrawal symptoms from an absolutely colossal cocaine habit which had worn through his septum.
Eventually that syphilis turned into neurosyphilis, which affected Capone's mental capacity. He was moved to Alcatraz in 1936 after being bullied - and later stabbed - by other inmates, and spent the last year of his sentence in the prison hospital as his condition deteriorated. He was paroled in November 1939 and spent the rest of his life in varying states of illness until he died on 25 January 1950 aged 48.
From: Esquire US