With his ripped body and pillow lips, Tom Hardy isn’t exactly the first person who comes to mind when imagining actors who could effectively play Elton John on the big screen, but the versatile thespian has landed the role of the out entertainer in the upcoming biopic Rocketman. Hardy has acquired a reputation for transforming his heart-throbbing good looks to suit characters he portrays such as the Bane in The Dark Knight Rises and as the real-life convict in Bronson so donning oversized sunglasses and a sequined wardrobe shouldn’t provide a challenge.
A press release to announce Hardy’s casting described the film:
Much like the man himself, Rocketman is a larger-than-life movie musical spectacle that tells the story of a child prodigy turned music legend.
Along with Justin Timberlake, the 36-year-old English-born Hardy has been on the shortlist to play the often-controversial John. He’s also played gay before, as a closeted gangster in the Guy Ritchie-directed crime drama RocknRolla. While it’s unknown if Hardy can play piano or sing, vocal skills won’t be required for Rocketman (but honestly, with lips like his, who cares what comes out of them?). John will reportedly re-record many of his famous hits to “parallel the emotional beats of the film that will have audiences on their feet, singing along to his much loved music.”
David Furnish, John’s longtime civil partner, will serve as a producer on the film, which is scheduled to begin shooting during fall of next year. Lee Hall, responsible for the much-loved Billy Elliot, has written the screenplay.