It’s Official: Tom Hardy Will Portray Elton John In Upcoming Biopic


“Hold me closer, tiny Bronson…”

After months of rumors and gossip, it has been confirmed that Tom Hardy will be portraying rock icon Elton John in Rocketman, a biopic directed by Michael Gracey and written by Lee Hall. Focus Features will distribute the film, which is scheduled to begin production in 2014, and it’s likely the final product will hit screens sometime in 2015.

According to a press release, Rocketman is “a larger-than-life movie musical spectacle that tells the story of a child prodigy turned music legend.” Elton John (the real one) will re-record many of his iconic hits to parallel the emotional beats of the film, so fans can look forward to a special soundtrack release as well.

“Tom is a stellar talent who will add extraordinary depth and nuance in bringing Elton’s story to life,” said Rocket Pictures CEO Steve Hamilton 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.”

Having portrayed an infamous prisoner, a cage fighter, a quiet bootlegger, and even the man who broke Batman’s back, Tom Hardy is at a point where I feel he can do no wrong. Not only is he a commanding presence on screen, but he has an amazing power to disappear into the characters he chooses to take on. He’ll next be seen in Locke and the reboot of Mad Max, which is due in theaters next summer.

Do you feel Tom Hardy will make a good Elton John? Comment below and let us know your thoughts.

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James Shotwell is the founder of Under The Gun Review. He loves writing about music and movies almost as much as he loves his two fat cats. He's also the co-founder of Antique Records and the Marketing Coordinator for Haulix. You should probably follow him on Twitter.

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