While there have been rumors swirling for years of a biopic based on legendary singer Elton John, the project may finally be out of “development hell.” Titled “Rocketman,” Director Michael Gracey is pursuing Actor Tom Hardy for the title role.
“It’s an intriguing possibility,” said writer Drew McWeeny in an op-ed piece for HitFX. “What I find most compelling about it is that Hardy seems like a guy who embodies a certain form of physical machismo, but who challenges that appearance at every turn.”
Hardy has been known to play non-conventional roles like his villainous take as Bane in “Batman: The Dark Knight Rises,” a comedic character in “This Means War,” the romantic lead in “Wuthering Heights,” and has been involved in out-there projects like “Inception.”
Rumors of other actors in the role are making their rounds, from Eminem to Justin Timberlake. Ideally, John sees Timberlake filling his shoes.
“I’ve got a wish list of people. Number one on my wish list is Justin Timberlake, because he played me before in a David LaChapelle video of Rocket Man and he was superb,” John said in an interview with LA Times last year.
The 64-year-old singer will co-produce the film and envisions an unconventional biopic.
John noted that he see it as a “surreal look at my life, and not just a factual look at my life, more in the manner of a Moulin Rouge.”
With his five-decade career, the singer has sold over 250 million records and has received 6 Grammy Awards and an Academy Award among other accolades. Ranked as the highest male solo artist on The Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Artists, he has been a champion for the LGBT community, most notably with his work on the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Now retired from music, John is in a civil union with his partner David Furnish and their two sons.
There is no set date as of now for the production of “Rocketman.”