HOLLYWOOD – The first image of Tom Hardy as Elton John has been revealed from the new biopic of the singer’s life, Rocket Man.

The image (above) shows Tom Hardy performing as Elton John and looking uncannily similar to the singer, identical almost. Sources close to the production told Studio Exec EXCLUSIVELY that the Mad Max: Fury Road star performs the songs in the film. Apparently, Hardy has ‘an exceptionally good voice’.

Tom does a version of ‘Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road’ which is utterly amazing. I would say it even surpasses Sir Elton’s performance. Tom is such a professional and he’s very committed to the role. He shaved his head and walks around wearing Elton’s glasses and wearing his clothes and just becoming him. Then the other day he was on a tennis court and someone tried to take a picture of him. Tom went ballistic just the way Elton would have done. Beautiful.

Fans have reacted with a shocked silence, not a single one saying a word. Except for some who have claimed that the picture is some kind of forgery.

Written by Billy Elliot screenwriter Lee Hall and directed by Michael Gracey, the film chronicles the singer’s battle with addiction and his early rise to fame.

Rocket Man will be released in 2018.


HOLLYWOOD – He was a mere child when he was launched into the cinematic firmament playing the dancing hero of Billy Elliot, but now Jamie Bell is ready to return in Billy Elliot 2: the Rave Years.  

The screenplay by original screenwriter Lee Hall takes the action forward to the 1990s. Hall explained:

I’m fascinated by the early nineties rave scene and obviously Jamie was keen to have the story follow his age. So we find Billy in a desperate situation. Following his initial success in the world of ballet, Billy has fallen out of favor and slumped into a spiral of drugs and alcohol and now has to scrape a living as a warehouse podium dancer, hopped up on pills and blowing a whistle to the sounds of The Shamen

Jamie Bell spoke EXCLUSIVELY to Studio Exec about his take on the new script: 

When I first spoke to Lee and Stephen about going back to Billy, I was resistant. I couldn’t see how it could work. But on watching Black Swan, I realised that classical dance can be an expression for getting an Oscar.

How about the dancing? 

Believe it or not I’ve kept it up. And we have kept the classical aspect in the new script despite the fact he’s dancing to Orbital now. The ravers are initially put off by my tendency to plié and jeté, but they soon redefine it as ironic and thereby he wins them over.

Stephen Daldry, who first directed the 2000 feel good movie, will return behind the camera.

Billy Elliot 2: the Rave Years will be released in 2016.