It’s been nearly two years since the announcement of a movie based on Elton John’s life was in the works, but now we’re finally getting some insight as to what the movie will cover.
The authorized biopic Rocketman, which will star Tom Hardy (who played Bane in Dark Knight Rises) as the legendary singer, will follow Elton’s life from birth to his rehab stint in 1990, according to the film’s screenwriter, Lee Hall.
In a recent interview with BBC Radio 4, Hall opened up on the progress of the screenplay, which he said will “be about all the trouble he got in to” at the height of his turbulent drug addiction. Wanting his story to be as true as possible, Lee revealed Elton has been generously helpful in terms of obtaining information about his past.
“One day, he took me to his house and opened a safe and he had all his private diaries that nobody had seen from when he was in rehab and left me there to read all this stuff,” Lee told BBC Radio 4, via Ultimate Classic Rock. “But he’s never commented once on the script, he hasn’t interfered at all.”
Not only that, Lee promises the movie will be a “huge, crazy Technicolor affair” that stays true to the singer’s life and be complete with “all singing, all dancing.”
Though it’s not yet clear if Hardy will be stretching his vocal chords on the songs himself, or lip synching to a backing track of Elton’s voice.
Lee, who was nominated for an Oscar for writing the 2000 film Billy Elliot, also drew comparisons between Elton and the character.
“The more I talked to Elton, the more I realised [sic] that he was Billy Elliot,” he explained. “He went to the Royal Academy when, I think, he was about 13 and he was studying to be a classical pianist and he discovered Elvis Presley and the rest is history. But I think it’s about the struggles that he had, coming from the wrong end of the tracks, with his sexuality. It’s what happened next to Billy Elliot, a sequel in a way.”
Rocketman is scheduled to start shooting later in 2014.