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First trailer for Capone drops as Tom Hardy takes on role of notorious gangster

16 April 2020

he first trailer for Capone has dropped with Tom Hardy in the starring role as infamous gangster Al Capone.

First announced back in 2018, Capone promises to follow the "untold story" of the crime boss's final years in Florida as he struggles with dementia, brought on by his syphilis, following his release from prison.

Hardy looks unrecognisable in the role of Al Capone, who was known as "Public Enemy No. 1" during his time as boss of the notorious Chicago Outfit in Prohibition-era America.

Also known as Scarface, Capone was sentenced to more than a decade in prison for tax evasion in 1932 but was released after serving nearly eight years as neurosyphilis eroded his brain.

Unrecognisable: Hardy as the ruined mob boss / Josh Trank Twitter

The synopsis for the film reads: “A ruthless businessman and bootlegger who ruled Chicago with an iron fist, Al 'Fonzo' Capone (Tom Hardy) was the most infamous and feared gangster of American lore.

“At the age of 47, following nearly a decade of imprisonment, dementia rots Capone’s mind and his past becomes present as harrowing memories of his violent and brutal origins melt into his waking life.”

Directed by Josh Trank, ​Capone – previously called Fonzo ​– also stars Linda Cardellini, Matt Dillon and Kyle MacLachlan, along with Dunkirks Jack Lowden.

Final years: the film follows Capone as he struggles with dementia / Josh Trank Twitter

The trailer starts with a confused-looking Capone being invited up on stage at a nightclub in a dressing gown, before it cuts to shots of the gangster at his Florida mansion.

The FBI are still chasing him for a "very large sum of money", with his dementia believed to be an act by agent Crawford and even by some family members.

It ends as Capone fires a machine gun either at his lawn or an alligator he's come face-to-face with.

The biopic is out for release on May 12 on streaming and on-demand services, with a full release hoped for the summer.