Merely a couple of hours ago, we reported that Josh Trank‘s (Chronicle) long-in-the-works Al Capone biopic starring Tom Hardy recently changed titles (from Fonzo to Capone), found a distributor, and had digital release plans ready to go. Now, we can do you one better. Trank took to Twitter to straight up post the Capone trailer and reveal its digital release date through Vertical Entertainment. How’s that for a Tax Day surprise? And now, the trailer has been officially release with a fancy YouTube embed, official synopsis, and official release details.
The trailer looks gritty, dark, occasionally (and loudly) violent, and promising to interrogate a part of Capone’s life we’re not as familiar with — his descent into early-onset dementia and simultaneous reckoning with his crimes. We get to see folks like Linda Cardellini, Matt Dillon, and Kyle MacLachlan play in this handsome gangster period genre space. We get to hear another incredible “strong character voice” from Hardy.
And, perhaps most importantly, we get to see Trank’s vision unfettered. As you might know, his take on Fantastic Four was chopped up by the studio through a bunch of crazy behind-the-scenes drama, resulting in a film lambasted by critics and audiences alike. But this one, as Trank insists in his post, is “My cut.” I, for one, will be renting the heck outta this thing.
Capone will be released digitally on May 12th by Vertical Entertainment and Redbox Entertainment as a 48-hour rental. The distributor is still hoping for a theatrical release later in the summer as things return to normal.
Check out the trailer below. For more Hardy goodness, here he is reading you bedtime stories. What a lucky day you’re having!
Here’s the official synopsis for Capone:
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.