A few days ago we reported that Tom Hardy was being eyed to play the lead role in the Elton John biopic, Rocketman. While there’s still no news on whether he’ll take the role, the film has moved a little further towards the big screen, as Empire reports that FilmDistrict has signed up to distribute the film in the US. That comes hot on the heels of a Cannes deal, where Icon’s production arm AI agreed to co-finance the movie.
It’s still early days though, so don’t expect it for a while yet. When it does appear though it should follow Elton’s journey from 5-year old musical prodigy who by age 11 won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, to a young man who rebelled against his strict upbringing, wore outrageous costumes and became a global icon who teamed with songwriter Bernie Taupin to sell more records that just about any musical artist of his era. It will also feature some more fantastical elements and plenty of the singer’s music, in keeping with John’s larger than life personality.
Music video helmer Michael Gracey is set to direct. Hopefully it won’t take too much longer until it goes in front of the cameras.