Tom Hardy Confirmed as Elton John in ROCKETMAN

     October 23, 2013


When last we reported on the the Elton John biopic, Rocketman, Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) was circling the lead.  We can now confirm Hardy will star as the musical legend in the Rocket Pictures and Focus Features film.  Rocketman is scheduled to shoot in 2014 and will feature new recordings from Elton John himself that will accompany the emotional dynamics of the story that follows John from child prodigy to superstar.  Written by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot), Rocketman will be directed by Michael Gracey.

Check out all the details after the jump.

elton-johnFind out more on Hardy starring in Rocketman via the following press release:



LOS ANGELES (October 23, 2013) – 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.

The Hardy deal caps a lengthy search to cast the role of Elton in the film, which will be co-financed by AI 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.  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.

Incoming Focus CEO Peter Schlessel, brought Rocketman from FilmDistrict to Focus Features.

Rocketman is produced by Steve Hamilton Shaw and David Furnish of Rocket Pictures and Lawrence Bender on behalf of AI Film, the film production and financing company created out of the acquisition of Icon by Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries.  Sir Elton John and Len Blavatnik are executive producing, along with AI Film CEO Aviv Giladi and Focus Features CEO Peter Schlessel.  UTA Independent Film Group arranged financing for the project and negotiated the project’s sale to FilmDistrict.  Good Universe is handling international sales.

“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.”

Rocketman will be directed by Michael Gracey (Fox’s upcoming The Greatest Showman on Earth starring Hugh Jackman, and Disney’s The Muppet Man). The original screenplay is written by Academy Award® nominee Lee Hall (War Horse, Billy Elliot).

British actor Hardy will next be seen in Steve Knight’s Locke and in the reboot of the Mad Max franchise for Warner Bros. and George Miller.  Hardy recently wrapped Child 44 with director Daniel Espinosa and Animal Rescue for director Michael Roskam.  He most recently starred in The Dark Knight Rises and previously worked with director Chris Nolan onInception.  His credits include Tinker Tailor Soldier SpyBronson and Warrior.  He is represented by CAA, Lindy King at United Agents and attorney Jason Sloane.


  • Norrtron

    Hardy wouldn’t be my first choice, but he’s a great actor so I’m interested in what he’ll do with the roll.

  • Tom

    It will be definitely highly interesitng preformance. Just imagine Bane in a ballet dress.

    • somejackball

      haha, lolz

    • somejackball

      haha, lolz

  • Snarky

    In 20 years, Hardy is going to have the most interesting resume.

  • Rocketbane

    “…then Billy Joel, you have my permission to die.”

  • Alex Hajna

    Will Arnett for Billy Joel!

    • Will Arnett

      That’s a terrible choice. Will Arnett is only good in The Millers. I think Haley Joel Osment would be fantastic as Billy Joel. It can be a great come back and win the heart of many New Yorkers.

      • Norrtron

        He also had a role on a little show called Arrested Development that he seemed to flourish in.

      • Will Arnett

        i love you

      • Alex Hajna

        I know, it was mostly a joke. But it’s not nearly as bad of a choice as Haley Joel Osment….

  • Hari

    Why didn’t they consider Benedict Cumberbatch?

    • Strong Enough

      because his face looks like a lizard

      • The Flobbit

        Your face must look like a lizard.

      • Strong Enough

        nice one

  • Al Conyado

    Wow! Brilliant! Looking forward to this, I love how he doesn’t stick to one kind of character with each role. Gary Oldman used to do that as well…or was it that Gary Oldman always played villians?

  • Al Conyado

    Wow! Brilliant! Looking forward to this, I love how he doesn’t stick to one kind of character with each role. Gary Oldman used to do that as well…or was it that Gary Oldman always played villians?

    • The Flobbit

      Gary Oldman is one of the most diverse and talented actors alive. He has played everyone, from anti-heroes, to rock stars, to heroes, to psychopaths. De Niro, Pacino, and Nicholson are all brilliant…but their day came with amazing films like Taxi Driver, Serpico, and The Shining. Now? Meet the Fockers, Jack and Jill, and Anger Management…

      Daniel Day-Lewis and Gary Oldman are the greatest actors working today, and I say that with utmost respect to the masters. Greatest young actors? Ben Whishaw, Paul Dano, and maybe Benedict Cumberbatch…

  • The Flobbit

    Damn good actor, but he looks nothing like Elton.

  • Cog

    As miss cast as Ben A.

  • TheMattedScreen

    Now sing “Rocketman” in your head with Bane’s voice…

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  • peteagassi

    Terrible casting. Everybody knows they should have cast Ben Affleck as Elton John.

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