Tom Hardy has made a decent career from playing criminals and gangsters: from making his name as Charles Bronson in Bronson to playing both Kray twins in Legend and even making a few appearances with the Peaky Blinders to boot. Oh, and he was Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. Does that count? He was definitely a criminal, and sort of a gangster. I'm counting it.
Given the pedigree that Hardy has for turning out stellar performances as gangsters, it isn't surprising that people are getting very, very excited about his upcoming role in Fonzo, where he will play arguably the most famous gangster of all time, Al Capone.
The 40-year-old just about broke the Internet this morning when he posted a series of photos to his Instagram showing him in character as Capone.
The first image featured Hardy in a dressing room, holding Capone's iconic white fedora hat - the hat you'll remember from a thousand crap 'gangster' Halloween costumes - and wearing an outfit dating to the gangster's time in Alcatraz prison, while the second photo simply features a close up of Hardy's face and three scars, the calling card of the man known as Scarface.
Fonzo is a Capone biopic, but it will focus on the later life of the Chicago mobster, particularly when he was incarcerated for tax evasion and suffering heavily from dementia.
The film will be written and directed by Josh Trank, the man who brought us Chronicle and the Fantastic Four, and will star Twin Peaks' Kyle MacLachlan, Dunkirk's Jack Lowden and Crash star Matt Dillon.
Fonzo will depict how Al Capone's "past becomes present as harrowing memories of his violent and brutal origins melt into his waking life," according to the promotional notes. There is no release date currently scheduled, though it is thought that the end of 2018 or the start of 2019 might be realistic.
Hardy will play the older Capone, but it is likely that other actors will show him in his younger years. Stephen Graham, who starred as Al Capone in hit TV show Boardwalk Empire, is also associated with the project, though it is unknown what role he will play.
There have been several notable performances as the Chicago gangster over the years, including Robert De Niro in Brian De Palma's 1987 classic The Untouchables, Ben Gazzara in the 1975 biopic Capone and Rod Steiger in the first ever film of his life, 1959's Al Capone.
Can't wait to see how Hardy plays him, though.