Tom Hardy to play Elton John in biopic

 
 
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 18:  Actor Tom Hardy attends a screening of "Locke" during the 57th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon West End on October 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for BFI)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 18: Actor Tom Hardy attends a screening of "Locke" during the 57th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon West End on October 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for BFI)
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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.

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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