Tom Hardy is currently the odds-on favourite to play 007, but before he steps into a tux and starts ridding the world of evil in his Aston Martin it looks like he's got one more villain left to play.
Rumours have been circulating for two years that the Bronson star will be stepping into the shoes of notorious gangster Al Capone in Josh Trank's (Chronicle, Fantastic Four) upcoming biopic, Fonzo.
Now The Times-Picayune, a local New Orleans paper, has revealed that the movie will start shooting in the city on April 2nd.
There's no denying that Hardy would be a fitting name to play the part given his knack for portraying gangsters, criminals and maniacs ranging from Batman's Bane, to the Kray twins.
However, there's also no denying that he's going to have to put some serious timber on if he's really going to nail the look.
The film is set to focus on Capone's later years, as the synopsis explains: "Once a ruthless businessman and bootlegger who ruled Chicago with an iron fist, Alfonse Capone was the most infamous and feared gangster of American lore. At the age of 47, following nearly a decade of imprisonment, dementia rots Alfonse's mind and his past becomes present as harrowing memories of his violent and brutal origins melt into his waking life."
It's far from Hardy's first time playing a real-life criminal. The British lad won several awards for his portrayal of both Ronnie and Reggie Kray in 2015's Legend, while his role as notorious prisoner Charles Bronson in 2008 catapulted him into the acting spotlight.
Asked in an interview with GQ in 2015 whether there was any element of danger in him, Hardy said: "If there's an element of danger or madness or insanity, I'll let people think that. That's fine. Because I have played to those strengths with Bronson [in Bronson] or Bane [in The Dark Knight Rises] or Forrest [in Lawless], whatever . . . there's elements of [Warrior's] Tommy Conlon violence and darkness that goes on in there.
"I've got a history of non-judgmental complete recklessness. So, it's not that I can't draw from sources. And I would be foolish not to in my work. It's gotta go somewhere. But it's quite an open book. And I'm not really putting it on, either. Certainly not to a huge level. There's things I haven't really experienced, so I'm just acting.