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Tom Hardy to play Elton John in biopic

NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Hardy will play Elton John in a biopic titled "Rocketman."

Focus Features announced Hardy's casting as the iconic piano man on Wednesday. The film is planned to begin shooting late next year.

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The 36-year-old British actor is well respected for his wide-ranging talent, but his brawny, tattooed frame makes him an unconventional choice. Hardy is most famous for playing the terrorist Bane in "The Dark Knight Rises." He has showcased a muscled masculinity in films like "Warrior," ''Lawless" and "Bronson."

"Rocketman" is being made with the cooperation of the 66-year-old John, who's an executive producer on the film.

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Oct 23, 2013 6:21PM
Hardy is an excellent actor that is capable of shaping his body for any role.  He'll nail this.  We're talking about a guy that has played Bane, yet also played Captain Jean Luc Picard's clone in Star Trek: Nemesis.
Oct 23, 2013 5:25PM

I’m sorry, let me elaborate on my DUMB comment. I am a big fan of Elton and his work but he really was kind of a dorky nerdy looking not a strapping stud. I say get someone who is a little bit more average, the story should stand on its own. He does have a lot of good stories to tell about the rock n roll seen and the stars he used to hang with, some are funny as hell.

Oct 23, 2013 8:17PM
Jack Osborne could play forty-year-old Elton! Just slap some cool glasses on him and listen to his talking voice. I adore Elton, but he was no tall model type just a genius.  
Oct 23, 2013 7:41PM
Oct 24, 2013 1:36AM

The writer should know using the term Piano man and Elton John is stupid ... given it is what Billy Joel is known as with his song


Then again, the writers on this site never seem to know anything about the topic they are writing on

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