Four more actors have joined Tom Hardy in Josh Trank’s Al Capone biopic FONZO — Kyle MacLachlan, Matt Dillon, Linda Cardellini and Kathrine Narducci. This isn’t to be confused with the other Al Capone movie Cicero Hardy was once attached to, which was set up at Warner Bros.
“Fonzo” was the nickname for Capone, the ruthless businessman and bootlegger who ruled Chicago, but whose mind became rot with dementia at the age of 47 after spending a decade in prison. Presumably, Fonzo will cover the later yers in Capone’s life, but it will also put Hardy back behind bars almost a decade after his breakout role in Nicolas Refn’s Bronson in 2008.
Cardellini will play Capone’s long-suffering wife Mae, Dillon will play his closest friend Johnny, MacLachlan plays Karlock, his doctor, while Narducci plays his sister Rosie.
Trank wrote and is directing the Capone biopic that will begin filming on April 2 in New Orleans. The film is being backed by BRON Studios with Creative Wealth Media and produced by Aaron L. Gilbert for BRON, Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder for Addictive Pictures, and Oscar nominee Lawrence Bender (Inglorious Basterds, Good Will Hunting, Pulp Fiction) for A Band Apart. Jason Cloth of Creative Wealth Media. is an exec. producer. CAA and Endeavor Content are handling North American rights, with BLOOM handling international sales.
This cast really is looking great, and hopefully it will give Trank another chance to prove himself as a director after the fiasco that was Fox’s Fantastic Four a couple years back.
An Emmy nominee, Linda Cardellini recently starred in the Netflix series Bloodline as well as well as the Daddy’s Home movies for Paramount and The Founder with Michael Keaton. She will also appear in New Line’s The Children and Participant Media’s Green Book with Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortenson. She’s repped by Mosaic and ICM Partners.
The Oscar-nominated Dillon (for his role in Paul Haggi’s Best Picture winner Crash) starred in the Fox sci-fi series Wayward Pines and will next work with Lars von Trier, appearing in his film The House That Jack Built.
Represented by UTA and Management 360, MacLachlan is best known for his role as Agent Cooper in Twin Peaks, a role he reprised for the recent STARZ series, and he’s also appeared on Sex and the City and Desperate Housewives. He also teamed with director David Lynch for his films Blue Velvet and Dune.
Narducci appeared on the HBO show The Sopranos, as well as in the HBO movie The Wizard of Lies and Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys. She will next be seen in Martin Scorsese’s upcoming Netflix crime drama The Irishman. Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Bret Adams Ltd represents her.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor