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Tom Hardy to play famous mob boss in biopic

Having played both notorious London gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray in 2015’s Legend, Tom Hardy is set to get back to the crime scene – this time to play Al Capone in the upcoming biopic ‘Fonzo’.

The movie follows the life of legendary mob boss Capone as a 47-year-old following his 10 year stint in prison and his problems with dementia and the demons of his violent past.

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Chronicle and Fantastic Four (2015) director Josh Trank is helming the project which will also star Matt Dillon and Linda Cardenilli.

Hardy was the best thing about Legend and it’s no surprise that he is the go to man when casting a violent gangster. That said, he will need to seriously alter his image and body shape if he in order to accurately portray the porky Capone.

But hey, if Hollywood can turn Gary Oldman into Winstone Churchill and win him an Oscar, anything’s possible!

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New favourite for Bond 25 director role

There has been a huge new development in the Bond 25 director saga.

There was more bad news for James Bond fans earlier this week when Dunkirk director Christopher Nolan ruled himself out of helming the next Bond project.

But now, Danny Boyle is the front-runner to direct the next movie as MGM have put him top of their want list, according to Variety.

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Earlier this year, Blade Runner 2049 director, Denis Villenueve, confirmed that he turned down the opportunity to direct the next Bond movie due to other commitments.

Boyle would certainly be an interesting choice given his catalogue of visually experimental projects throughout the years.

That said, he is one of the most successful directors to come out of Britain and it only seems fitting that he should be given a go at helming the most British of characters.

 

Trio join Oscar-winning director for crime thriller

Jake Gyllenhaal, Ansel Elgort and Zendaya have signed up to star in Finest Kind, which will be written and directed by Oscar winner, Brian Helgeland.

The story follows two brothers (Gyllenhaal and Elgort) as they strike a deal with a group of crime lords, landing them in the Boston underworld.

Gyllenhaal has established himself as one of the most sought after actors while Elgort and Zendaya made names for themselves in last year’s Baby Driver and Spiderman: Homecoming respectively.

With the talented Helgeland at the helm and with a strong cast now assembled, Finest Kind certainly looks like one to look out for, although no release date has been announced yet.

12 Actors Who Have Featured In DC And Marvel Movies

Marvel and DC are titans and main rivals when it comes to the comic book superhero universe. That rivalry is really beginning to heat up with so many future releases from both parties set to drop in the next couple of years. Naturally there is going to be some form of crossover between both worlds so here’s a list of just some of the actors and actresses who have featured in both Marvel and DC movies:

Ben Affleck – Affleck is currently portraying Batman role for DC as seen in the Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice and briefly in Suicide Squad, but he also donned the rather forgettable Daredevil outfit for Marvel – both were fairly terrible movies. He returns as the Dark Knight later this year in Justice League.

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Ryan Reynolds – Everyone now knows Reynolds as the foul-mouthed Deadpool, a distant member of the X-Men family for Marvel. He actually first played the anti-hero in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and also played Hannibal King in Blade: Trinity all the way back in 2004. His appearance for DC was definitely a low point in his career, playing the lead character in Green Lantern.

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Halle Berry – Obviously best known for her portrayal of Storm in the X-Men series, Berry took a quick trip to the DC universe in 2004 in the painfully awful Catwoman and returned to Marvel without ever looking back.

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Tommy Lee-Jones – Remember all those terrible Batman movies throughout the 90s? Lee-Jones featured in one of them, playing Harvey Dent/Two Face in Batman Forever – a role that he has since claimed he hated (as did we). Fast-forward 16 years and he appeared for Marvel, playing Colonel Chester Phillips in Captain America: The First Avenger, a slightly more commendable role.

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Laurence Fishburne – The Matrix cool guy cameoed in Man of Steel and Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, playing Daily Planet editor Perry White. In 2007 he voiced the Silver Surfer in Marvel’s Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.

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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje – Spare a thought for Adewale who must have spent hours in makeup for both DC and Marvel roles. He featured in last year’s Suicide Squad as Killer Croc, so you can be forgiven for not recognising him in that. He also featured in Thor: The Dark World, playing Algrim/Kurse – again, caked in makeup and costume.

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Josh Brolin & Michael Fassbender – DC’s Jonah Hex was one of Hollywood’s glorious failures, financially and critically despite an impressive cast. Many of whom have gone on to much better things and these two in particular. Fassbender of course has had a couple of outings in the X-Men series as a younger Magneto in First Class and Days of Future Past. We may have only seen Brolin portraying Thanos briefly in Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron but expect a larger role as the large headed villain in next year’s Avengers: Infinity War.

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James Marsden – One of Hollywood’s underrated sons, probably best known for playing Cyclops in the X-Men series before being killed off in The Last Stand. Like Berry, he jumped over to the DC world, featuring in 2006’s Superman Returns, reteaming with X-Men director Bryan Singer who made a similar leap.

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J.K Simmons – One of Simmons’ most loved characters is J. Jonah Jameson, the quippy news editor of the Daily Bugel in Marvel’s Spiderman of the noughties. Since then he has starred in the likes of Whiplash and Patriots Day, the latter of which portraying a glorious moustache. He will star as Commissioner Gordon in Justice League later this year probably thanks to his fantastic facial hair.

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Willem Dafoe – Dafoe featured alongside Simmons in Spiderman, playing the terrifying Green Goblin. He’ll be seen playing Nuidis Vulko in this year’s Justice League as well as the stand-alone Aquaman production in 2018.

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Michael Keaton – Despite doubts over the casting, Keaton did a good job of playing Bruce Wayne and his caped alter ego in Tim Burton’s Batman in 1989. He re-entered the superhero world in the alternative Oscar-winning Birdman a couple of years ago, but later this year he will be starring in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming fittingly playing the villainous Vulture.

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