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Tom Hardy to star as Elton John in Rocketman biopic

Tom Hardy and Elton John
Image caption Tom Hardy will star as Elton John, who is an executive producer on the film

Dark Knight Rises star 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.

Last month, Sir Elton John played live at the Emmy Awards ceremony for the first time.

He performed a tribute to Liberace, the American pianist and vocalist whose life was told in the recent biopic, Behind the Candelabra.

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