Starring Hardy as the infamous Chicago gangster, Fonzo will focus on Capone's later years, and the consequences of his violent and sexual past. Earlier this month, Hardy confirmed his involvement, though the film itself will reportedly emphasize Capone’s jailhouse years, while he suffered from syphilis, instead of the glamorous life before his arrest for which he's more well known. Now, Hardy will be joined by a supporting cast full of names that will be familiar to movie fans.
Variety is reporting that shooting on Fonzo will begin April 2 in New Orleans, with Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks), Linda Cardellini (Bloodline) and Matt Dillon (There's Something About Mary) officially cast in supporting roles. Fonzo’s new additions will help deconstruct the Capone mythology, as Cardellini has been cast opposite Hardy as wife Mae, MacLachlan will portray his doctor and Dillon will step into the shoes of Scarface’s best pal Johnny. To bolster the cast, Bron Studios also cast Kathrine Narducci, who many will recognize as Charmaine Bucco from HBO’s The Sopranos. She’s also set to appear in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, a gangster film starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro that’s scheduled for a 2019 theatrical release.
While it’s an accomplishment that Hardy managed to finally get his project green-lit, he’ll need to separate himself from his past underworld characters, especially when playing an iconic American figure like Capone. But considering that Trank and company are taking the road less traveled with their narrative focus, audiences can expect a unique viewing experience that sheds light on Capone the individual rather than pounding away with the usual gangster clichés and rehashed stories.
At only 34-years-old, Trank has already experienced the highs and lows of Hollywood. His feature-length directorial debut, 2012's Chronicle, earned over $126 million, and on only a $12 million budget. But after the failure of 2015’s Fantastic Four (and the subsequent controversy), Trank needs a hit to stay in the game. And that’s where Fonzo's veteran cast will help significantly. We all know that Hardy understands the gangster genre, and that he'll provide his own spin with his Capone performance, but we’ll just have to see what kind of dialogue Trank has written, and whether it will resonate with older demographics. If Fonzo succeeds, the eclectic Hardy may be headed towards an Oscar nomination. Or, at the very least, the cast and crew will innovate the gangster genre.