It’s been ages since we got our first look at Tom Hardy as the infamous gangster Al Capone in Josh Trank’s then titled “Fonzo.” The project was first announced back in October 2016 and didn’t begin shooting until 2018. Shortly after principal photography began, behind the scenes images surfaced of Hardy’s convincing transformation into the Chicago mob boss. What looked like a potential awards-worthy turn for the actor, soon went dark. The last we heard of “Fonzo” was Trank promising a release by the end of 2019. Naturally, 2019 came and went leaving many of us curious as to what exactly happened to the project. Now, almost halfway into 2020, we have answers.
Early Tuesday, screenshots from the site Film Ratings began circulating, showcasing some slight changes made to the project. Josh Trank’s “Fonzo” is now going by the title “Capone” and will be distributed by Vertical Entertainment. Vertical is the distributor behind “Gotti,” “Billionaire Boys Club,” and “The Professor and the Madman.” All three of those titles were direct to VOD releases resulting in speculation that “Capone” would receive a similar distribution.
— Anton Volkov (@antovolk) April 15, 2020
A mere hours after the rumor mill began to churn, writer/director Josh Trank took to twitter to drop the first trailer for “Capone” paired with the cheeky caption, “Tom Hardy. Capone. Coming May 12. (Different title. My cut.).”
He then followed that up with a second tweet confirming the digital release of the film, stating, “Will be on streaming! Planned as theatrical, but hopefully will be on the big screen later this year!”
The trailer showcases classic 1920s gangster shootouts, a committed and grizzled Tom Hardy, and a sickly Al Capone reflecting upon his past sins in a Florida penthouse during the onset of dementia. The film also stars Linda Cardellini, Neal Brennan, Kyle MacLachlan, Jack Lowden, and Matt Dillon.
“Capone” hits VOD May 12. The trailer and official synopsis can be found below.
The 47-year old Al Capone, after 10 years in prison, starts suffering from dementia, and comes to be haunted by his violent past.
Tom Hardy. Capone. Coming MAY 12.
(Different title. My cut. 🤩) pic.twitter.com/2PLdrcFxY6
— Josh Trank (@joshuatrank) April 15, 2020