As was rumored way back in May, Tom Hardy is now set to star as Elton John in Michael Gracey’s biopic of the music legend, Rocketman.
In a press release from Rocket Pictures (cute), the production confirms a number of details about the film, including giving a bit more of an explanation as to why they’ve picked a Batman villain to star as the world famous songman. (We’re kidding, we know how chameleon-like Hardy can be in his roles.)
First up, the question on everyone’s lips – will Hardy sing? Nope. Instead, John himself will re-record some of his most famous hits for placement in the film. The film itself is described as “a larger-than-life movie musical spectacle that tells the story of a child prodigy turned music legend,” so there will be plenty of musical material for John to pick from. (Cue moment to yelp “Benny!” for no good reason.)
When it comes to the casting of Hardy, Rocket Pictures CEO Steve Hamilton Shaw commented, “Tom is a stellar talent who will add extraordinary depth and nuance in bringing Elton’s story to life. We are excited to have such a gifted actor on board.”
Focus Features has also gotten in on the film, and will give it a large scale U.S. release. With that in mind, Focus CEO Peter Schlessel said of the casting, “Tom is quickly becoming known as one of the world’s most versatile actors, and like others at the top of their craft, he has proven his ability to transform himself completely into the character or subject found in the material. We are confident that Tom will embody the physicality and spirit of Sir Elton.” They seem pretty confident, you guys.
Hardy may be a bit of an offbeat choice – was Justin Timberlake not available? – but he truly is a versatile talent who consistently gives his all to his various roles and has no problem overhauling his look to do so. While we’d love to hear him sing on his own, the promise of an Elton John biopic featuring fresh takes on classic songs by John himself is far from upsetting news.
The film is scheduled to shoot next fall. Somebody get the oversized glasses ready.
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