When Your Song is finished, you have my permission to cry.
The biopic of one of the world’s biggest music stars has found its lead with Tom Hardy finally confirmed to play Elton John in Rocketman. We’re guessing Elton isn’t too disappointed with that piece of casting.
With Elton John’s partner David Furnish producing the film, questions might be asked about quite how gritty and revealing the biopic might be, though it’s hard to imagine Hardy signing up for a hagiography.
There’s no doubt that Elton John’s life story is more than film worthy. Born Reginald Dwight, he grew up in a council house before developing into something of a child prodigy and winning a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. He then had a little bit of success as a recording artist.
The (least boring bits) of the official press release read thus:
Tom Hardy will star as Elton John in Rocket Pictures’ Rocketman, and Focus Features has come aboard to give the film a major U.S. release, producers announced today.
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. Elton will re-record many of his iconic hits to parallel the emotional beats of the film that will have audiences on their feet, singing along to his much loved music. The film is scheduled to shoot in fall 2014.
“Tom is a stellar talent who will add extraordinary depth and nuance in bringing Elton’s story to life,” said Rocket Pictures CEO Steve Hamilton Shaw. “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.”
“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,” said Schlessel. “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.”
With Billy Elliot’s Lee Hall providing the script and one of the cinema’s most interesting and versatile actors in the lead, this should make for a fascinating project.