'Peaky Blinders' Season 5 & 6: All the possible roles Stephen Graham could play if he's not Al Capone
Ever since Al Capone was mentioned in 'Peaky Blinders' season four, fans have been demanding that actor Stephen Graham plays the part but Steven Knight seems to have another role in mind for him
Creator Steven Knight seems to have struck the right chord with 'Peaky Blinders' and after the season five trailer rolled out, there is much speculation about new faces in the turn of events in season five and the subsequent season six.
Season four hinted at Capone aka Scarface's appearance when the Peaky Blinders make a deal with the American mafia boss — since it helps them switch the loyalty of rival Luca Changretta's henchmen. Ever since Capone was mentioned, fans have been demanding that actor Stephen Graham play the part. On a Reddit thread about Capone, a fan commented a year ago, "Do you guys think they could get Stephen Graham in as Al? He is insanely good in 'Boardwalk' and I can’t really imagine someone else doing it better." The actor played a young Capone on HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire' from 2010 to 2014.
While Knight could not confirm if he can make their wishes come true, he hinted that he might have another role in mind for the actor but for season six or seven. Speaking on the 'Obsessed With... Peaky Blinders' podcast, he said, "Don't worry... we're proceeding with that, but not for this series. Not Al Capone – I didn't want to go west. Because it's a minefield once you go into Chicago gangsters. I refer to him the last series, but I didn't want to go into that." However, Knight was discreet about the role reserved for Graham. "I've already got it and I'm not going to tell you!"
Well, Graham's presence will be a huge attraction for viewers, we can't help but wonder what role he could play in the series. It is yet to be seen what unfolds in season five. Shelby as the mobster MP now seems to have to make decisions not only keeping his family in mind but also in retrospect about a bold vision for Britain's future. From acquiring more area under his control to finding a new way to stay in the business, he has many irons in the fire.
Graham could play a corrupt cop, who appears to be fair and square in his approach. However, beneath his exterior may lie a hidden side that no one knows about. He could be involved in a secret drug deal where he directly contributes to ending the Shelby empire by being in his good books and collecting more clues. However, since the leader of the British Union of Fascists Oswald Mosley (Sam Claflin) is at loggerheads with Shelby in the fifth installment, he may mark the end of Shelby's reign with his power and influence. In that case, Graham could also become a crucial character standing by the family as Shelby's son takes the lead.
Until we drop in on some more clues, let's wait and watch how the storyline unravels in season five on BBC One this August 25.