Fresh off wrapping Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, respected character actor Gino Cafarelli has joined the cast of Josh Trank’s FONZO starring Tom Hardy as Al Capone, the Tracking Board has exclusively learned.
Bron Studios and Creative Wealth Media are co-financing the film, which finds Hardy playing the ruthless Chicago gangster, who began suffering from dementia in his mid-40s.
Linda Cardellini, Matt Dillon and Kyle MacLachlan will co-star as Capone’s wife, his best friend and his doctor, respectively, while Kathrine Narducci will play one of Capone’s sisters.
Cafarelli has been cast as a close family friend of Capone’s, who helps protect Al and his family. The veteran actor first met Trank in 2008 on the set of Rob Siegel’s Big Fan starring Patton Oswalt. Before going on to direct Chronicle and Fantastic Four, Trank served as editor and co-producer on that indie film, and took a liking to Cafarelli, who played Oswalt’s brother.
Lawrence Bender is producing Fonzo with Bron’s Aaron L. Gilbert as well as Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder of Addictive Pictures. Jason Cloth of Creative Wealth will serve as executive producer. CAA and Endeavor Content are repping North American rights, while BLOOM is handling international sales.
Cafarelli’s past credits include HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, and he’ll soon be seen as former Philadelphia mayor Frank Rizzo in The Irishman. Cafarelli has several other movies coming out this year including Rob Siegel’s new film Cruise starring Emily Ratajkowski (which he also executive produced), the biker film Nation’s Fire, and the upcoming horror movie Terrifier, which comes out on March 27. He’s represented by J.R Dib at Malaky International.
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