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EJW reported yesterday that Tom Odell had expressed interest in playing the title role in a biopic of Elton’s life.

However, it has just been announced that Dark Knight Rises star Tom Hardy will play the pop vocalist in Rocketman.

The 36-year-old British actor has starred in films such as Inception, Lawless and Bronson.

Rocketman will begin shooting in late 2014.

The screenplay has been penned by Lee Hall, who worked on the Billy Elliot musical with Elton.

Rocketman follows Reginald Dwight’s journey from childhood piano prodigy to global icon, under his stage name Elton John.

It’s to be produced by Steve Hamilton Shaw and David Furnish of Rocket Pictures and Lawrence Bender on behalf of AI Film, the movie production and financing company created out of the acquisition of Icon by Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries.  Elton and Len are executive producing, along with AI Film CEO Aviv Giladi and Focus Features CEO Peter Schlessel.

“Tom is a stellar talent who will add extraordinary depth and nuance in bringing Elton’s story to life,” said Rocket Pictures CEO Steve Hamilton Shaw.  “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.”

“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,” said Schlessel.  “We are confident that Tom will embody the physicality and spirit of Sir Elton.  This, in conjunction with the creative team led by Michael Gracey {who is directing} and Rocket Pictures, will provide the foundation for something that will be a unique cinematic event.”

Hardy is not the first star to portray Elton. In 2001, Justin Timberlake appeared as a young Elton in the video for This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore.