Rumours of Tom Hardy being lined up to play Elton John in biopic of the legendary singer have come to fruition, with Focus Features confirming via a press release.
Tom Hardy is fast becoming the most sought after actor on the planet. After star turns in The Dark Knight Rises as Bane, Warrior, Lawless, Bronson and Inception, the British actor will now turn to play a less butch role as the legendary singer Elton John in the movie Rocketman.
“Tom is a stellar talent who will add extraordinary depth and nuance in bringing Elton’s story to life,” said Rocket Pictures CEO Steve Hamilton Shaw. “We are excited to have such a gifted actor on board, and equally excited to be in the hands of Peter Schlessel and the entire Focus Features team.”
“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 Schlessel. “We are confident that Tom will embody the physicality and spirit of Sir Elton. This, in conjunction with the creative team led by Michael and Rocket Pictures, will provide the foundation for something that will be a unique cinematic event.”
Could this be a role that could push Hardy to Oscar winning potential, should he pull it off? Hardy can soon be seen in the films Locke, Animal Rescue, Child 44 and Mad Max: Fury Road, with the latter seeing him takeover Mel Gibson’s famous road warrior role.