Tom Hardy is set to transform himself into pop icon Elton John in new biopic Rocketman.
The London-born actor, perhaps best known as supervillain Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, will play the larger-than-life performer in a movie charting Sir Elton’s career from five-year-old piano-playing prodigy to chart-topping star.
36-year-old Hardy might not immediately look like the obvious choice to play the flamboyant musician, but the Bafta rising-star winner has proved his credentials as a versatile actor capable of transforming himself for roles like notorious criminal Charles Bronson in Bronson and Bane in the Batman sequel. His CV also includes Inception, Wuthering Heights, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Sucker Punch and Oliver Twist, to name but a few.
Rocketman is being created by Elton John’s own production company Rocket Pictures and will be executive produced by the man himself. Rocket Pictures CEO Steve Hamilton Shaw said: “Tom is a stellar talent who will add extraordinary depth and nuance in bringing Elton’s story to life. We are excited to have such a gifted actor on board.”
The film, which is poised to start production in 2014, will be directed by Michael Gracey, while Billy Elliot and War Horse screenwriter Lee Hall has penned the script.
Tom Hardy will next be seen in Mad Mad: Fury Road and Child 44.