Al Capone has been dead for over 60 years, but he continues to live on through our fascination with gangsters and debonair criminals. The Prohibition Era kingpin has been the subject of countless films over the years, but Warner Bros. is betting that audiences want more of the portly gangster with their recent acquisition of the screenplay 'Cicero'.
Walon Green, who wrote the screenplay for Peckinpah's classic western 'The Wild Bunch', penned this new script, which follows Capone's rise from his poor Brooklyn neighborhood to becoming the biggest gangster in Chicago. The title refers to the nearby town of Cicero, Illinois -- where Capone set up his operations so they were outside of the Chicago city limits. In 1924, he took over the city's government.
Early script reviews are describing the tale as a throwback to the classic gangster films of the 1930's -- with many comparing it to the James Cagney classic, 'The Public Enemy'. If that turns out to be true, consider me officially intrigued.
No director has been linked to the project as of yet, but the real issue here is one of casting. Who do you get to play Al Capone? De Niro did a fantastic job in 'The Untouchables', but recasting him doesn't seem likely to work. With that in mind, we picked a few actors who might be interesting in the role.
Hit the jump to see our selection and then weigh in with your own choices.