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If the idea of Tom Hardy playing notorious mobster Al Capone sounds familiar, then you’d be correct.

Tom was tipped to play him five years ago in Cicero, an origins story about the Chicago crime boss’s rise to power by Harry Potter director David Yates that never got beyond the development stage.

Well, five years on, and Yates is back on familiar ground, directing the first of five Fantastic Beasts films. Tom, however, is still keen to play the ruthless crimelord, but this time it’ll be in a very different setting.

Deadline reports that he will star in Fonzo (as in Alphonse Capone, geddit?), a new project written and to be directed by Fantastic Four director Josh Trank.

And instead of an origins story, it will focus on Capone at the end of his life, after he’s been taken down by Eliot Ness and imprisoned for over a decade. With dementia rotting his mind, harrowing memories of his violent past melt into his waking present life.

Y’know. Think The Iron Lady crossed with The Godfather.

Nor is this the first time Tom’s played a gangster. Not only did he play both Ronnie and Reggie Kray, two identical twins who terrorised London during the 1950s and ’60s, in 2015’s Legend, but since 2014 he’s also played Alfie Solomons in Peaky Blinders, the BBC/Netflix series about the exploits of a gang operating Birmingham, England in the aftermath of the First World War.

If it weren’t for the sheer breadth of his other roles, we’d say he was at risk of getting typecast.

Do you think Tom will make a convincing Capone?

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.