It has been announced by Focus features that Tom Hardy has been cast in the lead role of the forthcoming Elton John Biopic Rocketman. The project has been in development for a few years and is only now moving forward under the direction of Michael Gracey.
The screenplay will be provided by Lee Hall who was recently nominated for an Oscar for his work on the Steven Spielberg film, War Horse. Elton John will be re-recording some of his biggest hits especially for the movie.
Peter Schelssel, CEO of Focus Features has been quoted as saying: “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. This, in conjunction with the creative team led by Michael (Gracey) and Rocket Pictures, will provide the foundation for something that will be a unique cinematic event.”
Rocketman is set to begin shooting in the Autumn of 2014. Just for the hell of it here is Tiny Dancer from Almost Famous.