Tom Hardy to play Elton John in "Rocketman"

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The third and final installment in Christopher Nolan's Batman film series, The Dark Knight Rises is the sequel to 2008's The Dark Knight. Christian Bale reprises his role as Bruce Wayne (Batman) while Gary Oldman, Sir Michael Caine & Morgan Freeman all return to play their respective characters as a terrorist leader called Bane arrives in Gotham City, pushing its hero to breaking point and beyond. Anne Hathaway plays Catwoman.
October 24th, 2013

Tom Hardy is set to play Sir Elton John in new biopic, 'Rocketman'.

'The Dark Knight Rises' actor has officially signed on to play the legendary singer in a new film about his life and rise to fame.

The biopic - directed by Michael Gracey - will be produced by Elton through his Rocket Films production company, as well as Focus Features.

Rocket Films CEO Steve Hamilton Shaw said in a statement: ''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.''

Focus Features CEO Peter Schlessel added: ''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.

''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.''

The 66-year-old singer will re-record some of his classic songs for the film's soundtrack.

Filming will begin in late 2014.