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Tom Hardy To Play Elton John In Biopic



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Well, now.  Look what we have here!  It had been rumored for several months that Bane Tom Hardy might be stepping into some fancy shoes and glasses to portray Sir Elton John in an upcoming biopic, and it all seems to be actually happening!

Deadline was the first to announce the casting news, and posted the official press release:

“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 theMad Max franchise for Warner Bros. and George Miller.  Hardy recently wrappedChild 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 on Inception.  His credits include Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,Bronson and Warrior.  He is represented by CAA, Lindy King at United Agents and attorney Jason Sloane.”

Wow. That was wordy, wasn’t it?

Frankly, I think Tom will rock this role. Oh. See what I did there?


Elton John and David Furnish Show Off New Baby Son, Elijah

Elton John, David Furnish and sons, Zachary and Baby Elijah

Looks like somebody finally forked over the money for the first photo of Elton and David’s newborn baby son, Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John.

via People.com

“Elton John and David Furnish debut their new son Elijah for People:

John and Furnish intend to be open with both their boys about the circumstances of their births (they also used the same egg donor and, as with Zachary, did not want to find out which of them is their son’s biological father).

“We kept a scrapbook for Zachary with all his scans, emails with the surrogate and key moments from the surrogacy, and we are doing the same for Elijah,” explains Furnish. “We want the boys to understand the spirit and love that was at the heart of the process.”

For the next few months, the family of four will live in L.A. before returning to their “light, bright room filled with toys and books,” says Furnish, in their main home in Windsor, England.”

HAHAHAHAHHAAAA! Look at Zachary’s expression!

Photo: GettyImages
I think it’s fair to say that it’s rather obvious who the sperm donor was for the couple’s first son, right?  Zachary has already mastered the “Bitch, please”-face.  I kind of love him for being such a quick study of the art, don’t you?

Elton John and David Furnish Welcome A Second Baby Boy Into Their Family

Photo: GettyImages

Wow.  Little Zachary certainly looks like one of his parents, doesn’t he?  Now he’s got a baby brother named Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John, who was born January 11 at 6:40 p.m.

via:  zap2it.com:

“Both of us have longed to have children, but the reality that we now have two sons is almost unbelievable,” John and Furnish tellHello! in a statement. “The birth of our second son completes our family in a most precious and perfect way. It is difficult to fully express how we are feeling at this time; we are just overwhelmed with happiness and excitement.”

Elijah was born via a surrogate, weighing 8 pounds, 4 ounces.

Last year, John said that he and Furnish hoped to give Zachary a companion. “I think it’s difficult to be an only child, and to be an only child of someone famous,” he said. “I want Zachary to have a sibling.”

Congratulations to the entire family! Well done!