Tom Hardy will play Sir Elton John in a biopic of the singer’s life called Rocketman, it has been announced.
The 36-year-old British actor previously played Bane in The Dark Knight Rises and has starred in films such as Inception, Lawless and Bronson.
Rocketman is being made with the co-operation of Sir Elton, 66, who is an executive producer on the project.
It will begin shooting in late 2014, Focus Features said.
The screenplay has been penned by Lee Hall, who was Oscar-nominated for Billy Elliot, and recently worked on the film adaptation of War Horse.
It follows Reginald Dwight’s journey from childhood piano prodigy to global superstar, under his stage name Elton John.
Hardy is respected for his wide-ranging talent, but his brawny, tattooed frame makes him an unconventional choice to star as the flamboyant musician.
He is not the first actor to play Sir Elton. In 2001, Justin Timberlake appeared as a “young Elton” in the video for the latter’s This Train Don’t Stop There Any More.