An Unexpected Actor May Play Elton John in His Upcoming Biopic

An Unexpected Actor May Play Elton John in His Upcoming Biopic

May 30, 2013

If the news we just read on HitFix about Tom Hardy being considered for the role of Elton John in the upcoming Michael Gracey-directed biopic is true, then Justin Timberlake is crying himself to sleep tonight.
The former teen idol seems like a natural for the part of the Rocket Man and was rumored to be attached to the project some time ago. The piano man himself even gave Timberlake a thumbs up: "Number one on my wish list is Justin Timberlake, because he played me before in a David LaChapelle video of 'Rocket Man' and he was superb." No formal offers have been made for the "biographical musical fantasy that will weave together John’s life and his music," but producers want Hardy, and Sir Elton John happens to be one of those producers. Do you feel that knife in your back J.T.?
Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall wrote the screenplay that will be told in a "nonlinear and hypervisual manner that will transport people through the many intense experiences, some wonderful, some not, that helped define Elton as an artist, musician, and man." Ben Foster is being rumored for the part of young Elton, but nothing is confirmed at this time.
We can see Hardy pulling the part off, despite being known for some hypermasculine roles. It's clear the actor enjoys a challenge and he's radically transformed himself physically for several films, including Bronson. Are you still rooting for Timberlake, or does the former Mickey Mouse Club star in the part of the piano player feel too much like a parody? Can you envision the normally hunky and hulking Hardy in the oversized glasses?

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