Magazine article Screen International

Tom Hardy to Star in Rocketman

Magazine article Screen International

Tom Hardy to Star in Rocketman

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Focus Features has confirmed the in-demand star will portray Elton John and said it will distribute Rocket Pictures and Icon/AI Film's biopic in the US after incoming CEO Peter Schelssel brought it over from FilmDistrict.

Good Universe holds international rights and will commence pre-sales at the AFM next month.

John will re-record many of his hits to accompany the musical project, scheduled to shoot in autumn 2014.

Michael Gracey will direct from a screenplay by Lee Hall and his credits include Fox's upcoming Hugh Jackman project The Greatest Showman On Earth.

Steve Hamilton Shaw and David Furnish of Rocket Pictures are producing alongside Lawrence Bender on behalf of AI Film, the production and financing company that ensued from the acquisition of Icon by Len Blavatnik's Access Industries.

John and Blavatnik serve as executive producers along with AI Film CEO Aviv Giladi and Schlessel. …

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