Tom Hardy to play Elton John in biopic 'Rocketman'
Tom Hardy is set to appear on the big screen as Elton John in a new biopic based on the singer's life.
Focus Features announced on Wednesday, Oct. 23, that Hardy will play the music legend in a film called "Rocketman," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film is set to start shooting in 2014 with an original screenplay by "War Horse" scribe Lee Hall.
John will reportedly re-record several of his biggest songs in order to match the emotional moments in the movie, according to the news outlet. John is also an executive producer on the film.
Hardy, 36, is known for roles in "The Dark Knight Rises," "Inception," "Bronson" and "Warrior."
In a January 2012 interview with the Los Angeles Times, John said that he wanted to see Justin Timberlake play him in a film about his life.
"I've got a wish list of people. No. 1 on my wish list is Justin Timberlake, because he played me before in a David LaChapelle video of 'Rocket Man' and was superb," John said at the time.
Timberlake once played a younger version of John, complete with a feather boa, fake teeth and chin to match John's, in a music video for John's 2001 single "This Train Don't Stop There Anymore."