Tom Hardy Is Unrecognizable in Complete Transformation Into Al Capone for ‘Fonzo’

The ‘Venom’ actor looks pale and sports a balding head while smoking a cigar in the new image of the Josh Trank-directed movie.

A new image of Tom Hardy in “Fonzo” has been revealed by the movie director himself, Josh Trank. Shared via Trank’s Twitter account, the photo gives a first look at Hardy’s complete transformation into notorious gangster Al Capone.

The 40-year-old British actor looks almost unrecognizable with a pale face covered in wrinkles. He sports a receding hairline with a cigar hanging from his mouth while wearing a blue-and-grey silk robe. In the background, a group of people dressed in their party outfits gather around him and are all looking at his direction.

In a new interview with Esquire, Hardy revealed he developed one of his signature vocal tics for the character. Interviewer Eric Sullivan described Hardy’s voice for the character as Bugs Bunny “with a severe case of vocal fry.”

“Fonzo” will follow Capone as the ruthless businessman and bootlegger who ruled Chicago with an iron fist. Once 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.

Capone reigned as a ruthless mob boss for seven years during the Prohibition Era before he was taken down by Eliot Ness at the age of 33. He died in 1947 at age 48.

The movie marks Trank’s first big-screen project since “Fantastic Four“, which was a commercial flop and was panned by critics. He also wrote the script, while Aaron L. Gilbert, Russell Ackerman, John Schoenfelder and Lawrence Bender are on board as producers.

Matt Dillon, Kyle MacLachlan, Kathrine Narducci, Linda Cardellini, Noel Fisher and Tilda Del Toro will also star in the movie, which currently doesn’t have a release date.

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