David Yates and Tom Hardy Buddy Up for 'Cicero'

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UPDATE: It's been quiet for almost half a year, but things seem to be heating up again for David Yates' gangster trilogy, "Cicero." Tom Hardy taking on the role of mobster Al Capone is close to being a done deal, according to The Wrap.

"Cicero" will cover Capone's rise to power over the course of three films, from his childhood in the slums of Brooklyn to becoming the top gangster in Prohibition-era Chicago. The script is still in development with production set to commence sometime in 2013.

Tom Hardy -- who will make for a pitch-perfect Al Capone, if we do say so ourselves -- will be seen this year in "This Means War," opening Feb. 17; "The Dark Knight Rises," opening July 20; and "Wettest County," opening Aug. 31.

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After the final "Potter" installment opened at 12:00 a.m. this morning, one has to wonder what David Yates is planning to do next (besides take a much-deserved vacation, that is).

Not surprisingly, the director has a healthy helping of potential films bouncing around—starting with the heavy-hitting Al Capone biopic "Cicero," in which Tom Hardy is (reportedly) set to star. Like "Potter," this story could stretch over multiple films, with the first only covering Capone's initial rise to power in Chicago.

From boy wizards to ruthless gangsters? We think Yates has the right idea.

The only possible wrinkle to this plan might be Hardy's packed calendar. According to Slash Film, he's got "The Dark Knight Rises," "Mad Max" and "Fury Road" coming up… but something tells us he might carve out some time to work with this now-iconic director.

But Yates might want a break from the franchise scene, and two genre flicks are likely his for the taking: adaptations of Stephen King's "The Stand" and the noir comic series "Fables."

Whatever Yates decides to do, he's bound to bring some magic to our muggle world.

Originally published on Friday, July 15, 2011 at 10:51 a.m.