Tom Hardy has confirmed that he's set to play mobster Al Capone in David Yates' "Cicero" at Warner Bros. Pictures and has already begun prepping for the role.

"I've been working with Warners, watching their gangster films - the ones with James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart and Edward G Robinson. It's interesting to get them, and a bit of Capone into the bloodstream. You look at pugnacious James Cagney in The Public Enemy and see how this guy rises up to become a kingpin in Chicago" he told Britain's Daily Mail.

The 34-year-old actor, who is set to start filming the new "Mad Max" movie in Namibia with Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult later this year, adds that "The idea isn't to remake those films but to get a flavour of them as we explore Capone's career as a racketeer."

"Cicero" remains in fairly early stages - "The idea at the moment is of doing a trilogy of films, but nothing is set. Everyone is just talking and exploring".

People are betting big on the actor though. Harvey Weinstein tells The Los Angeles Times that the company's delay of John Hillcoat's Depression-era drama "Wettest County" from April 20th to August 31st was due to cash in on Hardy's post-"The Dark Knight Rises" marketability.

"We have a star in Tom Hardy who’s completely anonymous right now. If you go to a line at the ArcLight nobody would know who he is… He’s going to be a huge movie star by August. The idea is to go to Venice and then hit the domestic market right after" Weinstein told the paper.