Tom Hardy Could Play Elton John in Upcoming Biopic ‘Rocketman’

By May 29, 2013

With HBO’s successful debut of the Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra fresh in Hollywood’s collective mind, perhaps its fitting that news would break today about another flamboyant musical legend getting the movie treatment. We’ve known for a little while that a film called Rocketman was in development, a biographical musical that also incorporates fantasy sequences to trace the life story of musician Elton John. But the new information is which actor might don the novelty-sized shades to play him.

Drew McWeeny at Hitfix is reporting that the project is out to The Dark Knight Rises star Tom Hardy, and though no deal has been officially made yet, things could very easy head in that direction if the actor responds to the material.

At first, the often-bulked-up Hardy might seem like a strange choice to play someone as extravagant as Elton John, but that is precisely why he’s also a very interesting choice for the role. As Drew notes, if Hardy took a role like this it would shake up expectations for what kind of roles a traditional leading man “should” normally take, and in Hollywood – a place where patterns and formulas are used to make practically every creative decision – anything that deviates from the norm is a great thing in my book. Ben Foster’s (3:10 to Yuma, Hostage) name is apparently being tossed around to play a younger version of John, but that doesn’t seem as concrete as Hardy’s involvement.

Rookie director Michael Gracey will be behind the camera, and it sounds like the project will be nothing if not entertaining, with an executive producer describing it as “a radically different kind of biopic. It will be as unique as Elton’s life, told in a non-linear and hyper-visual manner that will transport people through the many intense experiences, some wonderful, some not, that helped define Elton as an artist, musician and man.” Looks like we’ll have to wait for Hardy to sign on the dotted line and just hope he has the pipes to pull off the singing sequences here. Thoughts?

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