An interesting choice, though it probably wouldn’t have been our first one. But then, we also said that about Heath Ledger as “The Joker.”
British actor Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises, Inception) has been chosen to portray the Rocket Man himself, Sir Elton John, in the upcoming film about his life, appropriately titled Rocketman. It will also be produced by Rocket Pictures, John’s film company that he founded in 1996, and distributed by Focus Features.
Focus Features is an exciting distributor to have back your project. They’ve released a few films in the past, maybe you’ve heard of them: Atonement, Brick, Brokeback Mountain, Lost in Translation and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind are but a few of their better known pictures.
While you may be concerned that John’s having his own film company produce the picture, Focus Features has proven that it has a handle on sharing subject matter with the world that would otherwise be difficult to swallow. That provides promise that the film won’t overly strive to paint John in an unrealistically positive light.
Though, this is probably we shouldn’t expect anyway. John’s had his demons when it comes to past drug use and the like, and he has been open with his fans in the past regarding such matters.
Michael Gracey (Ned Kelly) will be directing the film from the original screenplay, which has been penned by Oscar nominated screenwriter Lee Hall (War Horse). Hall also wrote the screenplay for Billy Elliott, so he has a knack for writing for films with a deep musical undercurrent. David Furnish, John’s real-life husband, is a co-producer of the film and, in addition to being the star of the show, John also serves as one of its executive producers.
Rocketman is alleged to be a “larger-than-life spectacle” about John’s progression from a child prodigy to a legendary musician. Even if you’re a John fan and you think you already know everything there is to know about his life, you may want to tune in for his hit songs, which he will be revamping for the movie and which will set the mood for certain scenes throughout the film.
This isn’t the first time someone else has portrayed John on film. Pop star Justin Timberlake played John in the music video for “This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore.” John had said of Timberlake’s performance that the latter was so much like him that he could be John’s “dream guy.”
Another celebrity to pop up in one of John’s music videos was actor Robert Downey, Jr. Before the actor got his career seriously back on track as Iron Man, fans of Downey feared for his life as he too struggled for years with drug addiction. His appearance in John’s music video for “I Want Love” was heart-breaking, as it truly seemed to showcase the pain that was in Downey’s heart. Downey has rebounded ten-fold since then, and we’re so glad to see how much he has turned his life around.
As for Tom Hardy, the newest celebrity to be popping up in a John-related film (albeit a longer one), you can also catch him in the George Miller reboot of the Mad Max film franchise.