Tom Hardy will play Elton John in biopic 'Rocketman'

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  • Tom Hardy will play Elton John in a new biopic
  • The movie "Rocketman" will be released in the U.S. by Focus Features
  • The biopic will tell John's story from childhood to immense celebrity
  • It's scheduled to begin filming in fall 2014

Bane is ready to ditch his mask for rose-colored glasses.

Tom Hardy has signed on to play Elton John in Rocket Pictures' biopic "Rocketman," which will be released in the U.S. by Focus Features.

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"Rocketman" will tell John's legendary story, from his childhood to his unbelievable rise to fame.

John is set to re-record a number of his biggest hits to match the emotional moments in the film, which will be directed by Michael Gracey. The filmmaker is also helming the upcoming film "The Greatest Showman on Earth," which stars Hugh Jackman.

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With an original screenplay written by Academy Award nominee Lee Hall ("War Horse"), "Rocketman" is scheduled to start shooting in fall 2014.

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