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‘Dark Knight Rises’ Star Tom Hardy to Play Elton John in ‘Rocketman’

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You all remember Tom Hardy when he broke the Bat as Bane in Christopher Nolan’s finale to ‘The Dark Knight‘ trilogy. Well, in case you weren’t impressed with that transformation, here’s one that is sure to raise a few eyebrows: Hardy has been announced to star as Elton John himself in the upcoming biopic ‘Rocketman’!

Hardy, who also starred in macho films ‘Warrior’ and ‘Lawless,’ had been circling the role for some time, even when the US distribution rights went to FilmDistrict. Though, producers announced today that, after a lengthy casting search for the role, the actor is set. Can you imagine Bane’s voice trying to belt some Elton John?

“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,” said Peter Schlessel, FilmDistrict co-founder and incoming Focus Features CEO. “We are confident that Tom will embody the physicality and spirit of Sir Elton. This, in conjunction with the creative team led by Michael [Gracey] and Rocket Pictures, will provide the foundation for something that will be a unique cinematic event.”

Focus Features picked up the distribution rights to ‘Rocketman’ as a result of Schlessi’s move from FilmDistrict, and Rocket Pictures, the film and TV company established by Elton John and his partner David Furnish, is producing. According to The Wrap, the film is described as a “larger-than-life movie musical spectacle that tells the story of a child prodigy turned music legend.”

Michael Gracey will direct from Lee Hall’s (‘Billy Elliot’) original screenplay; and Steve Hamilton Shaw, David Furnish of Rocket Pictures, and Lawrence Bender on behalf of AI Film will produce. Elton will be re-recording some of his classic hits, as well as executive producing with Schlessel and AI Film CEO Aviv Giladi

As for Hardy, his upcoming projects also include starring in the next installment to the ‘Mad Max’ franchise, Stephen Knight’s ‘Locke,’ and the recently wrapped ‘Child 44′ and ‘Animal Rescue.’

‘Rocketman’ is scheduled to begin shooting in fall 2014.

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