Tom Hardy will play Elton John in musical Rocketman

Tom Hardy Rocketman

Tom Hardy (known for his role at The Dark Knight Rises and previously on Inception) will play as Elton John in a musical film called Rocketman, producers announced today. Much like the man himself, Rocketman is a movie musical spectacle that tells the story of a child prodigy turned music legend. Elton will re-record many of his hits to parallel the emotional beats of the film. that is scheduled to shoot in fall 2014.

Rocketman will be directed by Michael Gracey (last job The Greatest Showman on Earth starring Hugh Jackman) and the original screenplay is written by Academy Award® nominee Lee Hall (War Horse, Billy Elliot). The film will be produced by Steve Hamilton Shaw and David Furnish of Rocket Pictures and Lawrence Bender on behalf of AI Film, while Sir Elton John and Len Blavatnik are executive producing. Steve Hamilton Shaw said about Tom Hardy role: Tom is a stellar talent who will add extraordinary depth and nuance in bringing Elton’s story to life. We are excited to have such a gifted actor on board.