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Tom Hardy will play Elton John in the biopic Rocketman

Oct. 23, 2013by: Alex Maidy

It was rumored earlier this year that Tom Hardy was a contender to play Elton John in the biopic ROCKETMAN. Now, it is confirmed that the DARK KNIGHT RISES and MAD MAX: FURY ROAD star will be playing the flamboyant singer.

Elton John had previously said he would like to see Justin Timberlake play him in the film. Timberlake did an impressive job playing Elton John in the music video for "This Train Don't Stop There Anymore" but does not have the acting chops that Hardy does. Hardy has also proven to be a chameleon when it comes to roles by physically inhabiting varied characters from Bane, the Picard clone in STAR TREK: NEMESIS, and the title role in BRONSON.

Here's the synopsis for ROCKETMAN:

The film follows Johns journey from 5-year old musical prodigy who by age 11 won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, to a young man who rebelled against his strict upbringing, wore outrageous costumes and became a global icon who teamed with songwriter Bernie Taupin to sell more records than just about any musical artist of his era.

Michael Gracey is directing from a screenplay by Lee Hall (BILLY ELLIOT). Gracey is a visual effects supervisor who is also directing the P.T. Barnum biopic THE GREATEST SHOWMAN ON EARTH starring Hugh Jackman. Elton John will produce via his Rocket Films banner. Elton John's entire musical catalog will also be available for the film making this a pretty substantial project.

ROCKETMAN does not have a production or release date yet but expect it to be pushed for awards consideration when it does as most biopics seem to these days.

Source: Deadline

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3:21PM on 10/24/2013

Good casting

I've liked Tom Hardy in everything I've seen him in, and I'd like to see him get some leading roles.
I've liked Tom Hardy in everything I've seen him in, and I'd like to see him get some leading roles.
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10:38PM on 10/23/2013

great...

now i can't stop imagining elton john as bane.
now i can't stop imagining elton john as bane.
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7:57AM on 10/24/2013
Elton John's voice - "ahhh, so you think darkness is your ally"
Elton John's voice - "ahhh, so you think darkness is your ally"
9:55PM on 10/23/2013
In some angles, Tom Hardy does look like young Elton John.
In some angles, Tom Hardy does look like young Elton John.
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9:22PM on 10/23/2013

Glad they didn't choose Timberlake

His role in that Time movie (whatever it's called) was just embarrassing. Hardy is the best choice to play almost any white person in history, he'd probably do a good job as MLK too.
His role in that Time movie (whatever it's called) was just embarrassing. Hardy is the best choice to play almost any white person in history, he'd probably do a good job as MLK too.
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9:09PM on 10/23/2013
"Nobody cared who I was before I put on the star-shaped glasses."
"Nobody cared who I was before I put on the star-shaped glasses."
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6:11PM on 10/23/2013

Glad he's taking this role...

Guarantee he gets nominated for a Golden Globe and an Oscar. Regardless, he's Tom freakin Hardy. Bronson and Tommy from "Warrior" are easily my favorites to watch him in...
Guarantee he gets nominated for a Golden Globe and an Oscar. Regardless, he's Tom freakin Hardy. Bronson and Tommy from "Warrior" are easily my favorites to watch him in...
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6:02PM on 10/23/2013
This is freaking AWESOME
This is freaking AWESOME
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5:55PM on 10/23/2013
Hardy is proving to be one of the most versatile actors working today and he still surprises me with the roles he gets!
Hardy is proving to be one of the most versatile actors working today and he still surprises me with the roles he gets!
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5:25PM on 10/23/2013

??

Um...who the hell is Michael Gracey and why is he directing such an important project for his directorial debut?
Um...who the hell is Michael Gracey and why is he directing such an important project for his directorial debut?
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4:07PM on 10/23/2013
That's pretty much perfect casting.
That's pretty much perfect casting.
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