1. Tom Hardy has signed up to play Elton John in a new biopic of his life.
The British actor is set to take the lead in Rocket Man, which will tell the story of the star’s life from the age of five. In the works since 2011, the movie will be directed by Michael Gracey from a screenplay by War Horse writer Lee Hall.
2. Elton himself is on board, and is planning to re-record a number of his songs for the soundtrack.
Because, of course, David Furnish is on board as well, as a co-producer for Rocket Pictures.
3. Universal boss and co-executive producer Peter Schlessel told Variety:
“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.”
5. He added:
“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.”
6. Which is one way of saying that this…
7. Certainly makes a change from this.
Or maybe perhaps not…
8. Meanwhile, Elton’s keeping himself busy.
Elton will be appearing on a special ‘Lady Gaga and The Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular’ TV show on November 28 on… http://t.co/kT6mdifjlq