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Friday 22 August 2014

Hardy to sing for Rocketman role?

Tom Hardy could play Sir Elton John on the big-screen

Tom Hardy could be tuning up to portray Sir Elton John in the upcoming biopic Rocketman.

The Dark Knight Rises star is said to be in line to play the Candle In The Wind musician in the film, which is being developed by director Michael Gracey and Sir Elton, reported HitFix.com.

An offer has not been made to Tom yet, nor is he in formal negotiations, but the 35-year-old is one of the actors the pair are considering for the lead role.

Sir Elton - who will be executive producer on the movie - has previously said he would like Justin Timberlake to portray him on the big screen.

"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 was superb," he told the LA Times.

Described as "a biographical musical fantasy that weaves together the life of Sir Elton John and his music", Rocketman is expected to be "radically different" and will tell the story of his life from a childhood piano prodigy known as Reggie Dwight into a global superstar in a non-linear way.

"I just don't want it to be a normal biopic because my life hasn't been like that. It starts with me going into rehab in 1990 and ends when I come out," the star said.

"It would be a jukebox musical in earnest, maybe with a couple of new songs... It's going to be a surreal look at my life, and not just a factual look at my life, more in the manner of a Moulin Rouge!"

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