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Tom Hardy is set to play Elton John (inset) in a new movie.
The actor will portray the legendary music man in an upcoming biopic.
Elton John’s production company Rocket Pictures has confirmed that British actor Tom Hardy will portray the pop rock legend in Rocketman, a musical biography film that has been under discussion for two years now.
Up for the role since last spring, Hardy, who is perhaps best known for playing tough guys in films like Bronson (2009) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012), will take on a new challenge as he dons John’s signature rose-tinted glasses.
The involvement of John himself ensures that his songs will be present throughout the film. The artiste behind Your Song and Crocodile Rock will re-record a number of his hits for the film’s soundtrack.
Rocketman, named of course for one of John’s most famous songs, will be helmed by Michael Gracey, who is known particularly for his mastery of special effects. The screenplay will be penned by Lee Hall, who penned the scripts for Billy Elliot (2000) and War Horse (2011).
Principal photography on the film is set to begin in fall 2014.
Tom Hardy will be a frequent face in cinemas in 2014, appearing in Animal Rescue, Child 44, Locke and Mad Max: Fury Road. — AFP Relaxnews
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