After playing beefy tough guys in films such as
Hardy is showing himself to be among the most unpredictably diverse actors of today. Next year will see the release of the moody "Locke" and the crime-drama "Animal Rescue," also starring
Directed by Michael Gracey -- also attached to a biopic of P.T. Barnum starring
John is said to be re-recording some of his biggest hits for the movie, which would seem ready-made for a subsequent adaptation as a stage musical. With John's partner, David Furnish, among the project's producers, "Rocketman" will presumably be a tale more of triumph than tragedy. The film is being made by the recently restructured Focus Features.
Pop piano virtuosos are enjoying something of a vogue in Hollywood. The Hardy/John announcement comes on the heels of
Because we simply cannot help ourselves, behold the legendary performance of John's "Rocket Man" by William Shatner: