According to various reports, british actor, Stephen Graham, has been added to the cast of Boardwalk Empire. His role will be that of a young Al Capone, who's working as muscle for a Chicago gangster and strikes up a friendship with Jimmy Darmody, played by Michael Pitt.
Graham's filmography includes roles in Gangs of New York and Snatch. He also has roles in the upcoming films, Public Enemies and The Damned United.
One of the exciting things about seeing the cast of characters for the series fall into place is the insight it gives you into the plot and setting of the series itself. The fact that a young Al Capone will be a character in the series is something I didn't expect, but something that adds to the intrigue.
In real life, Capone and Nucky Johnson did know each other, and, somewhere (I'm going to try to track it down and post it), there is a picture of Nucky Johnson and Al Capone strolling side-by-side down the Atlantic City boardwalk.
Nucky was the host of the "Atlantic City Conference" in 1929, which is widely believed to be the earliest organized crime summit held in the United States, which Capone attended. I'll detail some history of Nucky Johnson and Capone (taken from the book) in a later post.