Tom Hardy is officieel aangenomen om als Elton John te verschijnen in Rocket Pictures’ biofilm, Rocketman. Tevens heeft Focus Features zich verbonden aan het project.
Rocketman wordt beschreven als “a larger-than-life movie musical spectacle that tells the story of a child prodigy turned music legend.” John will re-record many of his iconic hits to parallel the emotional beats of the film.
Het nieuwe script wordt geschreven door Academy Award genomineerde Lee Hall (War Horse, Billy Elliot).
Rocket Pictures CEO Steve Hamilton Shaw sprak over de keuze van Hardy voor de rol van Elton John:
“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, and equally excited to be in the hands of Peter Schlessel and the entire Focus Features team.”
Focus CEO Peter Schlessel voegde toe:
“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. 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.”
Rocketman wordt geproduceerd door Steve Hamilton Shaw en David Furnish van Rocket Pictures en Lawrence Bender via AI Film. Sir Elton John en Len Blavatnik zijn executive producers. De film begint met opnames in de herfst van 2014.