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Tom Hardy Signs on to Play Elton John in 'Rocketman'


In May we reported that Tom Hardy was circling a biopic of Elton John called Rocketman. He has now signed on to the picture which will be produced by Focus Features, EW reports:

Rocketman will tell John’s legendary story, from his childhood to his unbelievable rise to fame. John is set to re-record a number of his biggest hits to match the emotional moments in the film, which will be directed by Michael Gracey, the man behind the upcoming film The Greatest Showman on Earth starring Hugh Jackman.

The screenplay was written by War Horse writer Lee Hall and starts shooting in fall 2014.

Screendaily adds:

Steve Hamilton Shaw and David Furnish of Rocket Pictures are producing alongside Lawrence Bender on behalf of AI Film, the production and financing company that ensued from the acquisition of Icon by Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries.

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  1. Good choice. Bisexual Tom Hardy playing bisexual Elton John (well Elton was married to a woman in the 1980's around the time he was pocketing lots of cash to play to segregated audiences in apartheid era South Africa.

    Posted by: MaryM | Oct 23, 2013 6:16:21 PM

  2. How they hell are they gonna make him ugly and short enough to look like Elton john?

    Posted by: danswon | Oct 23, 2013 6:33:04 PM

  3. Justin Timberlake must be fuming !

    Posted by: john | Oct 23, 2013 6:47:42 PM

  4. Well, that's very, VERY, kind casting... to be sure!!!

    Elton, was as unattractive in the 70's as he is now. At least now he has his hair. I wonder if they'll include that in the biopic. ;0

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | Oct 23, 2013 6:47:50 PM

  5. Should be a great motion picture of a fantastic gay LEGEND! Elton John plans to re-record many of his hit songs especially for the film. Tom Hardy seems to be an excellent choice for Rocketman.

    Posted by: Mike | Oct 23, 2013 6:56:09 PM

  6. Elton John wishes he ever looked half as good.

    Posted by: Hdtex | Oct 23, 2013 7:01:40 PM

  7. This is the SWEETEST thing. You bitter queens, hesh up! :) The young director is a hot-shot commercial director. Tom's lip-syncing. The guy who wrote the screenplay for "Billy Elliot" wrote this.

    I'm hoping this and HBO's "Normal Heart" are smashing. I'm still spitting that godawful taste of the dreadful Liberace movie out of my mouth. I don't care HOW many Emmys it got. Liberace in mink furs and sipping champagne in an indoor hot tub while snorting coke with a pick-up is not my idea of entertainment.

    Posted by: will | Oct 23, 2013 7:31:11 PM

  8. That face! Those lips! I drool. . . Can't wait to see this!

    Posted by: Gregor | Oct 23, 2013 7:34:20 PM

  9. Wait… Elton is re-recording many of his biggest hits for the soundtrack? Why on earth would we want to hear a 66 year-old man coughing out some of his most beautiful songs that he sang in his 20's.

    Posted by: Reginald | Oct 23, 2013 8:02:33 PM

  10. The EXACT copy in Variety reads: "John plans to re-record many of his hit songs for the film." Go to →variety.com or even http://twitter.com/@Variety_DMcNary for more.

    Posted by: Mike | Oct 23, 2013 8:44:48 PM

  11. Amen x 10 to what GREGOR wrote!

    Posted by: MichaelJ | Oct 23, 2013 9:41:00 PM

  12. Let's not forget how he quickly went back to closet and said many nasty things about gay people and anal sex!

    Posted by: litper | Oct 23, 2013 9:53:01 PM

  13. The film closes with Elton accepting his check in Moscow.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Oct 23, 2013 10:20:59 PM

  14. why is Elton John re recording his songs for the movie? His voice is shot, the originals will do.

    Who will play Renate? Or John Reid?

    Posted by: david | Oct 23, 2013 11:08:49 PM

  15. why is Elton John re recording his songs for the movie? His voice is shot, the originals will do.

    Who will play Renate? Or John Reid?

    Posted by: david | Oct 23, 2013 11:08:49 PM

  16. As executive producer, Sir Elton had a "big say" in the casting choices. Thankfully, Tom Hardy is a great actor and will portray the role as bloated and ugly and vain as he possibly can.

    Posted by: Mick | Oct 23, 2013 11:15:36 PM

  17. Sad catty comments, shame.

    Posted by: Rob | Oct 23, 2013 11:34:34 PM

  18. It's going to take a lot of makeup and time to make him look like a drugged up has been traitor to his own kind.

    Posted by: RayJackonsMS | Oct 24, 2013 1:13:04 AM

  19. isn't he already drugged up traitor to gay men? Don't you remember how he agressively defended his "heterosexuality" and degraded gay men?

    Posted by: litper | Oct 24, 2013 1:28:53 AM

  20. The catty comments are in response to Elton John's repeated betrayals of his own community (and other persecuted communities) in return for cash.

    Let's look at Elton John's record.

    1. Repeated shows before segregated audiences in apartheid era South Africa.
    2. His duet and defence of extremist bigot Eminem (who is STILL fetishising violence against gay people in 2013)
    3. His performance as the wedding singer for extremist homophobe Rush Limbaugh for cash.
    4. He upcoming performances in fascist Russia where he promises not to condemn the laws there.

    Elton John is scum.

    Posted by: MaryM | Oct 24, 2013 5:44:24 AM

  21. Hardy will make Elton look 100 times hotter than he ever was. Seems a bit like miscasting to me.

    Posted by: Jack M | Oct 24, 2013 7:33:04 AM

  22. @JOHN

    I lol'd.

    Second...I love Elton John, but noooooooooooooo! They'll just make Hardy balding and get that weird hair club for men thing.

    Posted by: Rin | Oct 24, 2013 8:06:22 AM

  23. An Elton John biopic? Can't really say that sounds interesting...with or without Tom Hardy.

    Posted by: Lucas H | Oct 24, 2013 9:21:50 AM

  24. Those lips. Those nose.

    Posted by: Mastik8 | Oct 24, 2013 12:19:24 PM

  25. Tom Hardy fans:
    be sure you don't miss BRONSON the movie.

    OK OK if you're already a fan, you've probably seen it. Time to watch it again!


    Posted by: lewlew | Oct 24, 2013 2:23:54 PM

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