EXCLUSIVE: British actor Jack Lowden is adding another role to his growing list of credits, boarding Al Capone biopic Fonzo from writer/director Josh Trank. Tom Hardy stars as the ruthless Chicago businessman and bootlegger; Lowden will play FBI agent Crawford. Matt Dillon, Linda Cardellini, Kyle MacLachlan and Katherine Narducci also recently joined the cast.
Al “Fonzo” Capone ruled Chicago with an iron fist during the Prohibition Era and was the most infamous and feared gangster of American lore before being famously taken down by Eliot Ness. The film centers on his final days. At the age of 47, following nearly a decade of imprisonment, dementia sets in and Capone’s past becomes present as harrowing memories of his violent and brutal origins melt into his waking life.
Lowden, who won an Olivier Award for 2013’s Ghosts, was last seen in Christopher Nolan’s Oscar-nominated epic, Dunkirk (which also starred Hardy) and played The Smiths’ frontman, Morrissey in England Is Mine. Next up, he’ll be seen in Working Title and Focus Features’ Mary Queen of Scots opposite Saoirse Ronan, and the Stephen Merchant-helmed Fighting With My Family. He’s repped by UTA and Conway van Gelder Grant.
Bron Studios and Creative Wealth Media are backing Fonzo. Producers are Aaron L Gilbert for Bron; Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder for Addictive Pictures; and Lawrence Bender for A Band Apart. Jason Cloth of Creative Wealth Media is exec producing. CAA and Endeavor Content are handling North American rights, with Bloom on international sales.