Articles & Notes — October 24, 2013 at 10:43 pm

Tom Hardy to play Elton John in “Rocketman”

Tom-HardyTom Hardy has reportedly agreed to portray singer Elton John in the film “Rocketman”, which is set to be distributed by Focus Pictures in the United States, according to the film’s producers.

“Rocketman” is produced by Steve Hamilton Shaw and David Furnish of Rocket Pictures and Lawrence Bender on behalf of AI Film, the Wrap reported.

“Tom is a stellar talent who will add extraordinary depth and nuance in bringing Elton’s story to life,” said Shaw.  “We are excited to have such a gifted actor on board, and equally excited to be in the hands of Peter Schlessel and the entire Focus Features team.”

Sir Elton John and Blavatnik will executive produce along with AI Film CEO Aviv Giladi and Schlessel.

“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,” Schlessel noted.

“Rocketman”, the production of which will begin in fall of 2014, will be directed by Michael Gracey from Lee Hall’s original screenplay.

The Hardy deal caps a lengthy search to cast the role of Elton in the movie, which will be co-financed by AI Film.

British actor Hardy will next be seen in Steven Knight’s “Locke” and George Miller’s reboot of the “Mad Max” franchise. He recently wrapped Daniel Espinosa’s thriller “Child 44” and Michael Roskam’s crime drama “Animal Rescue.”

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