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Tom Hardy Confirmed to Play Singer Elton John in 'Rocketman' Biopic

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October 23, 2013

Tom Hardy / Elton John

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?

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Reader Feedback - 12 Comments

1

Not sure if Tom Hardy is right for this role. He did an excellent job in the biopic Bronson, if you haven't seen it yet definitely check it out one of my favourite films of all time. One thing about Hardy is the dude is totally ripped and muscular, does that fit in with Elton John's stance? I can't wait to find out. Tom Hardy is really one of my favourite actors.

Charlie Hard on Oct 23, 2013

2

Tom is a lot like Christian Bale. They both can gain and drop weight with extreme discipline to embody their upcoming roles.

Such heroic nonsense on Oct 24, 2013

3

Wow...talk about inspired. i like it.

Xerxexx on Oct 23, 2013

4

I'm guessing Tom will have to lay off the gym for awhile now...

cuckoozey on Oct 23, 2013

5

Hardy really expanding his territories

Quynh Truong on Oct 23, 2013

6

The UK is chalk full of so much talent right now. This will shine.

DAVIDPD on Oct 23, 2013

7

Toms been looking a lot slimmer recently for those asking about his bulk

Al Apone on Oct 23, 2013

8

Damn, didn't see that before posting. Now I can believe it. I guess he needs to get a tiny ouch too.

Johnny Neat on Oct 24, 2013

9

After watching Bronson, I'm convinced Hardy will nail any role that comes his way.

grimjob on Oct 23, 2013

10

Indeed. Bronson was the tits.

Such heroic nonsense on Oct 24, 2013

11

When was Elton ever muscled up? I love Hardy, dying to see the new Mad Max, but Elton John? I think Hardy is going to have to lose some serious mass. Other than that, I have not doubt he can nail this performance.

Johnny Neat on Oct 24, 2013

12

Tom Hardy is a bit of a chameleon actor. He can definitely make this work.

cobrazombie on Oct 24, 2013

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