Tom Hardy Confirmed to Play Singer Elton John in 'Rocketman' Biopic
by Ethan Anderton
October 23, 2013
Over two years ago news first surfaced of a new project called Rocketman, a biographical musical fantasy about the bespectacled singer and songwriter Elton John. The project was said to weave together the life and music of John's career starting with his life as a child prodigy on the piano, moving through his rebellious teen years and onto his iconic years as quite an outrageously and outlandishly dressed showman and one hell of a musician, singer and songwriter. In May, The Dark Knight Rises and Inception star Tom Hardy was being eyed to take the lead role, and now Deadline confirms that the actor is set for the role.
Supposedly this is one of the final film deals that was finished at FilmDistrict before it became absorbed by Focus Features. Michael Gracey (The Greatest Showman on Earth) is directed the film from Billy Elliot scribe Lee Hall. Again, Hardy has never appeared on the big screen in a musical capacity, so we'll be interested to see if he'll belt out John's signature tunes himself, or if he will just have to be very convincing at lip syncing them. Either way, this sounds like a truly challenging role for Hardy, and it will certainly get a lot more eyes on the film when it hits theaters. Sound good?