Tom Hardy attached to play Al Capone in a David Yates' Cicero

Harry Potter director also looking at Steven King's The Stand

Tom Hardy has attached himself to Cicero, an origin story detailing the rise of infamous gangster Al Capone.

David Yates, director of the last four Harry Potter movies, has been developing the movie at Warner Bros.

Cicero was originally written in the '70s as a TV pilot, but it has been repurposed as a film. There's intriguing talk of continuing Capone's story across two more movies, making this a big commitment for Yates and Hardy.

It sounds like it could be a doozy of a role for Hardy though, as he can play both magnetically charming and unpredictably violent, and it'd be quite a thing to see him develop the character over a trilogy.

But, Hardy is also attached to Mad Max sequel/reboot/spin-off Fury Road, so Yates is considering getting Cicero in the can before his actor starts working on that next spring.

Cicero isn't the only project Yates is circling at WB right now; he's also contemplating a three-part adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand (which was previously been filmed as a TV miniseries in the '90s).

And just in case Yates fails to settle on either of those projects, WB is also lining up comic-book adaptation Fables, which sees grittily-reimagined fairytale characters forced to live in the real world.

You can't blame Warners for wanting to keep Yates on a short leash though, considering the sterling work he has done on Harry Potter since 2007. And Yates deserves respect for not opting to take a very long holiday right now...

Which project would you most like Yates to tackle? You know where to comment...


    • joker16

      Jul 16th 2011, 15:03

      Hardy's pulling a Jeremy Renner and spreading himself too thin. I love him but too much of anyone is not good.

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    • Hadouken76

      Jul 16th 2011, 17:58

      Sounds like a two-parter or even a trilogy in the works....

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    • Ali1748

      Jul 16th 2011, 20:26

      Not really liking the idea of a trilogy, one movie would be fine.

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    • murphy

      Jul 17th 2011, 12:17

      Think Hardy would be good as Capone,just hope the harry potter director can do gritty gangster as well as childrens fantasy,if they get it right it could be really good.

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    • Desperation

      Jul 17th 2011, 12:44

      Why the title Cicero? I hear Cicero and i think of Marcus Tullius Cicero, of ancient Rome, but i can't see any link between him and Al Capone.

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    • murphy

      Jul 17th 2011, 12:59

      Cicero is the town in New York where Capone moved to after the heat got to much for him in Chicago and it is actually named after Marcus Tullius Cicero

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    • murphy

      Jul 17th 2011, 13:05

      Sorry scrap that,it was actually Cicero in Illinois where Capone moved,which is named after the town in New York which in turn is named after the Roman statesman

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    • Desperation

      Jul 17th 2011, 15:26


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