There's been plenty of movement in the upcoming Elton John biopic this week.
British actor Tom Hardy, who played the villain Bane in "The Dark Knight Rises" and was also in "Inception," "Warrior" and "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," has been cast to play John. In a statement, CEO Steve Hamilton Shaw of John's Rocket Picture calls Hardy "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."
Meanwhile, Focus Films has ponied up $10 million distribute "Rocketman," which director Michael Gracey plans to start filming during the fall of 2014; focus CEO Peter Schlessel promises "something that will be a unique cinematic event."
The "Rocketman" script has been written by Lee Hall ("War Horse"), and John, who's serving as executive producer, plans to re-record several of his hits for the film's soundtrack.
John's new album, "The Diving Board," debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 last month, and he begins a U.S. tour on November 8 in Bridgeport, Conn., followed by Russian and European dates in December.
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