Tom Hardy rockets to Elton John biopic
British actor Tom Hardy will take the role of iconic singer/songwriter Elton John in Rocketman, a forthcoming biopic about the flamboyant musician’s life.
Focus Features’ incoming CEO Peter Schlessel made the casting announcement as it was confirmed that the US powerhouse has boarded the project. The film comes from Rocket Pictures, the UK-based production shingle run by Elton John, David Furnish and Steve Hamilton Shaw.
Hamilton Shaw said of the hire: “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.”
Michael Gracey directs Rocketman from a screenplay by Lee Hall (War Horse, Billy Elliot); principal photography begins in autumn 2014. Producers are Hamilton Shaw and Furnish with Lawrence Bender for AI Film.
Elton John will re-record many of his worldwide hits especially for the project. He also exec produces with Len Blavatnik.
Hardy has had a very busy year, having shot Child 44 in Prague this summer; played the lead in Locke for director Steve Knight and completed filming on features Mad Max: Fury Road and Animal Rescue.