The Wrap confirmed this casting news late yesterday, reporting that Hardy will anchor Rocktman, a film that will go into production about a year from now and which will be directed by Michael Gracey.
Rocketman will chronicle the entire life of John, from his early days as a child prodigy to his current role as a musical icon.
John is expected to re-record many of his original hits to parallel the emotional beats of the movie.
Said producer Steve Hamilton Shaw of the casting choice:
“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.”
Hardy will next be seen in Steven Knight’s Locke and George Miller’s revival of the Mad Max franchise.
Is he a good choice to play Elton John?