Tom Hardy será Elton John en Rocketman

    Si alguien merece que se haga una buena película sobre su vida, es la leyenda del rock Elton John. Hace algún tiempo se dijo que había negociaciones para que Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) interpretara al icono pianista y hoy se confirmó con un comunicado de prensa:

    El filme se llama Rocketman y será co-producido por Focus Features y Rocket Pictures con un libreto de Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) y dirigido por Michael Gracey. Por supuesto, la música estará a cargo del mismo Elton quien volverá a grabar algunos de sus éxitos y compondrá nuevas canciones específicamente para la película.

    Por lo menos sabemos que la música será buena (¡Que viva el rock!)

    Tom Hardy está demostrando que es un actor de veras, tomando todo tipo de papeles, no siempre el riesgo resulta positivo (This Means War) pero, por lo general está subiendo como la espuma. Realmente no lo veo tanto como Elton John quien me parece una persona bien jovial mientras que Hardy siempre tiene esa cara de serio. Que rayos, lo más seguro que le va a quedar súper bien. a Hardy lo vamos a ver pronto en el recomienzo de la franquicia de Mad Max entre otras.

    ¿Qué piensan? ¿Qué crees de Tom Hardy como Elton John?

    Aquí el comunicado entero:

    TOM HARDY TO STAR AS MUSIC LEGEND ELTON JOHN IN ROCKET PICTURES’ ROCKETMAN

    FOCUS FEATURES PLANS MAJOR U.S. RELEASE 

    LOS ANGELES (October 23, 2013) – Tom Hardy will star as Elton John in Rocket Pictures’ Rocketman, and Focus Features has come aboard to give the film a major U.S. release, producers announced today.

    The Hardy deal caps a lengthy search to cast the role of Elton in the film, which will be co-financed by AI Film.

    Much like the man himself, Rocketman is a larger-than-life movie musical spectacle that tells the story of a child prodigy turned music legend.  Elton will re-record many of his iconic hits to parallel the emotional beats of the film that will have audiences on their feet, singing along to his much loved music.  The film is scheduled to shoot in fall 2014.

    Incoming Focus CEO Peter Schlessel, brought Rocketman from FilmDistrict to Focus Features.

    Rocketman is produced by Steve Hamilton Shaw and David Furnish of Rocket Pictures and Lawrence Bender on behalf of AI Film, the film production and financing company created out of the acquisition of Icon by Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries.  Sir Elton John and Len Blavatnik are executive producing, along with AI Film CEO Aviv Giladi and Focus Features CEO Peter Schlessel.  UTA Independent Film Group arranged financing for the project and negotiated the project’s sale to FilmDistrict.  Good Universe is handling international sales.

    “Tom is a stellar talent who will add extraordinary depth and nuance in bringing Elton’s story to life,” said Rocket Pictures CEO Steve Hamilton Shaw.  “We are excited to have such a gifted actor on board, and equally excited to be in the hands of Peter Schlessel and the entire Focus Features team.”

    “Tom is quickly becoming known as one of the world’s most versatile actors, and like others at the top of their craft, he has proven his ability to transform himself completely into the character or subject found in the material,” said Schlessel.  “We are confident that Tom will embody the physicality and spirit of Sir Elton.  This, in conjunction with the creative team led by Michael and Rocket Pictures, will provide the foundation for something that will be a unique cinematic event.”

    Rocketman will be directed by Michael Gracey (Fox’s upcoming The Greatest Showman on Earth starring Hugh Jackman, and Disney’s The Muppet Man). The original screenplay is written by Academy Award® nominee Lee Hall (War Horse, Billy Elliot).

    British actor Hardy will next be seen in Steve Knight’s Locke and in the reboot of the Mad Max franchise for Warner Bros. and George Miller.  Hardy recently wrapped Child 44 with director Daniel Espinosa and Animal Rescue for director Michael Roskam.  He most recently starred in The Dark Knight Rises and previously worked with director Chris Nolan onInception.  His credits include Tinker Tailor Soldier SpyBronson and Warrior.  He is represented by CAA, Lindy King at United Agents and attorney Jason Sloane.

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