Tom Hardy is becoming Hollywood's go-to bad boy.
The rising British star is attached to play legendary Chicago mobster Al Capone in the Warner Bros. gangster trilogy, "Cicero," The Wrap reports. The series is being put together by David Yates, who, as the man who directed the final four "Harry Potter" films, knows how to put together an epic set of movies. The "Potter" flicks were put out by WB, so clearly, he is their golden boy these days.
Should Hardy wrap up the role, it will mark another step for the actor both towards the spotlight and the dark shadows. His breakout came in director Nicolas Winding Refn's 2009 film "Bronson," in which he played "Britain's most famous prisoner," the violent and self-aggrandizing Charles Bronson. Hardy packed on muscle, shaved his head and wore a frightening mustache as he dove deep into the role, earning raves and a ticket to Hollywood.
In 2011, Hardy played a troubled war veteran/anti-hero brawler in the critically acclaimed yet publicly ignored MMA flick "Warrior," pulling a hoodie over his ripped physique and alternating between grumbling and barking his few lines for maximum dramatic effect. He also appears in the British spy intelli-thriller "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," adding charisma to his dark persona.
The biggest role of his career comes this summer, when he plays the massive hulking psycho villain Bane in the epic Batman finale, "The Dark Knight Rises." He packed on the muscle once again as he prepared to play the one man who, with chemical enhancements, can break the bat.
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