Writer and director Josh Trank has been, up until now, best known as a guy who directs superhero movies. He burst onto the scene with the acclaimed low-budget movie Chronicle and followed that up with a terrible Fantastic Four movie everyone has already forgotten exists. But I don’t think they’re going to forget what he’s doing now. His next movie has nothing to do with superheroes, it’s called Capone and as the title suggests, it’s about Al Capone.
Work started on Capone two years ago, at which point they were calling it Fonzo. Tom Hardy stars as the notorious gangster, but the the film focuses on a part of his life you’ve probably never seen anything about before. You’ll see what I’m talking about when you watch the movie’s first trailer below…
As the trailer indicates, Capone is about the mob boss in his final years. Al Capone spent a decade in prison and when he got out, he retired to live in luxury in Florida. There, still watched by the FBI, he seems to be going mad. Or is he?
The movie centers around the hunt for a large sum of money which people believe Al Capone has hidden away somewhere. It’s interesting that in the trailer the cigar-chewing Capone is all but silent. He doesn’t speak, he mostly just sits and sweats and looks around at the world with contempt. This seems like exactly the kind of character an actor like Tom Hardy can really sink his teeth into.
It’s worth noting that there was some controversy around Josh Trank’s last movie, Fantastic Four. The director tweeted that the version of that film being shown in theaters back in 2015 was not actually his cut of the film. How much of it was changed we don’t know, but it could explain why that movie was so universally panned and dismissed as terrible. It also explains why this movie’s trailer goes out of its way to assure everyone that this is, indeed, Josh Trank’s cut of Capone.
Capone will not be released in theaters, it’s going directly to streaming platforms and video on demand. The movie was shot as a theatrical release, but plans for it have changed as part of the #JustStreamIt movement currently sweeping a world in Coronavirus pandemic quarantine.
You’ll be able to stream Capone in your home on May 12, 2020.