Tom Hardy to star in David Yates’ Al Capone flick? Director also looking at THE STAND

by: Joshua Brunsting
July 15th, 2011

As I type away at my keyboard trying to file this story, this writer is still very much basking in the beautifully brooding glory that was David Yates’ capper to this generation’s franchise, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART II.

Easily my favorite film of the franchise, Yates is arguably the main reason why. Sure, the cast is one of the best collections of talent that we’ve seen in the past, say, decade, but Yates gave each frame of his POTTER films a deep sense of emotion and, as mentioned above brood, making it a wonderfully dark bit of cinema.  And now, he’s being rewarded.

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Thanks to Vulture, a couple of Yates’ possible next projects have been put into a new light. First, the outlet reveals that Tom Hardy is being looked at to star as Al Capone in his upcoming film, CICERO. The film will follow Capone’s rise to power, and may very well become a trilogy.  That’s not all. The outlet also reports that he’s looking at possibly helming THE STAND, a much talked about CBS Films-backed adaptation of the Stephen King novel. Toss these on top of both FABLES (his take on the iconic comic series) and THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, and one can tell that the film world has stood up and taken notice of Yates’ talent.

Personally, all of this sounds great. Walking out of HALLOWS PART II, Yates is the one person that I’m most interested in seeing what he can do following up this fantastic franchise capper, and he has easily become one of the most must see filmmakers around. All of these projects are equally as intriguing, so hopefully we’ll be hearing much more about them all.

What do  you think?

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