Tom Hardy will play Sir Elton John in a biopic entitled Rocketman.
Focus Features announced Hardy's casting as the iconic musician. The film is planned to begin shooting late next year.
The 36-year-old British actor is well respected for his wide-ranging talent, but his brawny, tattooed frame makes him an unconventional choice.
Hardy is most famous for playing the terrorist Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. He has also showcased a muscled masculinity in films like Warrior, Lawless and Bronson.
Rocketman is being made with the cooperation of 66-year-old Sir Elton, who is an executive producer on the film.