Filming is underway on Chronicle and Fantastic Four filmmaker Josh Trank’s long-developing Al Capone movie Fonzo, and star Tom Hardy appears to be having a blast. The Oscar-nominated performer has not been shy about sharing some candid behind-the-scenes snaps on his Instagram page, giving us our first look at Hardy’s transformation into the notorious criminal.
Written by Trank, Fonzo takes a unique track in looking at Capone’s life as it picks up with the man when he’s 47 years old, having spent nearly a decade in prison. As dementia rots his brain and his mind becomes a mishmash of harrowing memories from his violent past, he’s forced to consider his actions in a disturbing way.
Trank famously broke out in a big way with Chronicle, then went through a disastrous production with Fantastic Four, so I literally have no idea what to expect here. Hardy clearly liked Trank and the script enough to sign on, but these first-look snaps are a little strange—the makeup is heavy and not entirely convincing. That said, makeup is crafted for specific camera and lighting scenarios, so no doubt this will look much better in the context of the film and not through an Instagram filter.
But yeah, it’s pretty neat that Hardy and Trank are both offering some candid shots from behind the scenes, and I’m definitely curious to see how this finished film shapes up. Tran knows he has something to prove, so this could get interesting.
Take a look at the images below. The film also stars Linda Cardellini, Matt Dillon, Kyle MacLachlan, and Kathrine Narducci. A release date has not yet been announced.
Here’s the official synopsis for Fonzo:
A ruthless businessman and bootlegger who ruled Chicago with an iron fist, Al “Fonzo” Capone (Hardy) was the most infamous and feared gangster of American lore. At the age of 47, following nearly a decade of imprisonment, dementia rots Capone’s mind and his past becomes present as harrowing memories of his violent and brutal origins melt into his waking life.