Tom Hardy is ready for the glitzy costumes!Producer Steve Hamilton Shaw has confirmed that the actor will play Elton John in the biographical musical film Rocketman.
The film will tell Elton’s legendary story, from his childhood to his incredible rise to fame. The iconic performer will re-record a number of his biggest hits for the flick, which will be directed by Michael Gracey.
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Deadline first reported that Tom was up for the project back in June – and Elton is ecstatic about the news. The 66-year-old tweeted a link to a Deadline article confirming the news:
Exciting news - Tom Hardy will star as Elton John in Rocket Pictures' 'Rocketman'. The film is scheduled to shoot... http://t.co/ah9Tb9GCfH— Elton John (@eltonjohndotcom) October 24, 2013
Exciting news - Tom Hardy will star as Elton John in Rocket Pictures' 'Rocketman'. The film is scheduled to shoot... http://t.co/ah9Tb9GCfH
“Tom is a stellar talent who will add extraordinary depth and nuance in bringing Elton’s story to life,” Shaw said in a release. “We are excited to have such a gifted actor on board.”
Tom has been making a name for himself for years — but really caught everyone’s attention when he starred in 2010’s Inception alongside Leonardo DiCaprio. He has since wowed audiences with his roles in Lawless and The Dark Knight Rises.
The 36-year-old, who’s engaged to actress Charlotte Riley and has a son from a previous relationship, can next be seen in Mad Max: Fury Road opposite Charlize Theron.
Focus Features will distribute Rocketman, which is currently in pre-production.
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