I’m not too convinced, but apparently some casting directors were as Tom Hardy was given the role of Elton John in the upcoming musical biopic Rocketman. This movie has the seal of approval from Elton himself, as well – he’ll be re-recording a lot of his hits for the film so that it fits the emotional tone. Weird!
Here’s some statements by some movie execs about Tom’s casting:
Rocket Pictures CEO Steve Hamilton Shaw said: “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 said: “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.”