The Josh Trank-directed biopic about notorious gangster Al Capone will be made available as video on demand on May 12 as opposed to its planned theatrical release.
AceShowbiz -The first trailer for Josh Trank’s “Capone” is here for fans’ viewing pleasure. The director dropped the sneak-peek video via his Twitter account, while excitedly announcing the new title for the movie, which was initially called “Fonzo”, taken from a nickname for Al Capone’s full first name, Alphonse.
Following “America’s most notorious gangster” Al Capone, the movie follows the real-life criminal in his latter days. The mobster, who made a name for himself in the Prohibition era, starts suffering from dementia and comes to be haunted by his violent past after spending 10 years in prison for tax evasion.
But as the movie and its trailer suggest, Capone might have been faking his illness to protect a large stash of money he had hidden away. “You know what the difference is between Adolph Hitler and Al Capone? Hitler’s dead. Capone was like a king in Florida,” someone says in the video.
Tom Hardy perfectly portrays the aging gangster, who is pretty much infatuated with his cigar. In between scenes of him reminiscing his glorious days, the video offers hints of what he fears the most. At the end of the video, he’s seen tearing up while he says in voiceover about what matters the most in life.
According to the official synopsis, “Once a ruthless businessman and bootlegger who ruled Chicago with an iron fist, Alfonse Capone was the most infamous and feared gangster of American lore. At the age of 47, following nearly a decade of imprisonment, dementia rots Alfonse’s mind and his past becomes present. Harrowing memories of his violent and brutal origins melt into his waking life. As he spends his final year surrounded by family with the FBI lying in wait, this ailing patriarch struggles to place the memory of the location of millions of dollars he hid away on his property.”
The movie also stars Linda Cardellini as Mae Capone, with Jack Lowden as FBI Agent Crawford and Matt Dillon as Johnny. The pic marks Trank’s first directorial stint after the critically-panned “Fantastic Four” (2015), with many expecting that he will redeem it with the upcoming crime thriller.
With theaters closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Vertical Entertainment and Redbox Entertainment are teaming up to release “Capone” on VOD on May 12. Trank is still hopeful for a theatrical release sometime later this year, though.
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