Director Michael Gracey has taken on the project titled 'Rocketman' and is reportedly keen for the 'Dark Knight Rises' actor to take on the lead role, according to HitFix.com.
While Hardy is being tipped to play the musician, no formal offer has been made yet and it's not known whether the actor is interested in the film.
The British star has a slew of movies due for release including George Miller's 'Mad Max: Fury Road', in which he stars alongside Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult, and Michael R. Roskam's 'Animal Rescue' with Noomi Rapace.
Actor-and-singer Justin Timberlake was originally considered the hot favourite to take the role after playing Elton in the video for his 2001 single, 'This Train Don't Stop There Anymore'.
Penned by 'Billy Elliot' screenwriter Lee Hall, the feature is being made by Elton's film company Rocket Pictures, who were behind 2011's high-grossing children's film 'Gnomeo & Juliet'.
'Rocketman' is thought to differ from traditional biopics, with the producers looking to weave the legendary 'Candle in the Wind' singer's life story together with his music in a musical fantasy film.
The biopic will follow the singer's life from five-year-old musical prodigy to his glittering music career selling more than 250 million records over four decades.
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IF you're not a big fan of fantasy and despair at all the wizards and dragons on TV, on film and in books, then you should blame John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. Or, go back 1,000 years and blame the unknown author of Beowulf, with its monsters and kings. Or, go back another two millennia and blame Homer's epic tales of gods and heroes.
IRFU chiefs fear any boycott of the Heineken Cup or a similar European competition by English and/or French clubs could result in a €12m hit and place the union and the four provinces in a perilous financial position.
THEATRICAL stalwart Catherine Mahon-Buckley has surely earned the title of Mammy of Cork pantomime season now that she is directing her 20th seasonal show for the Everyman. Mahon-Buckley is directing Jack and the Beanstalk for the theatre, and says that every five years, a new generation emerges.
SCIENCE and art don't always make the easiest bedfellows. However, when photographer Mick Mackey travelled to the sub-Antarctic island of Bird Island for a 30-month stint as a field biologist he was able to utilise his eye for detail to capture images that are not only technically proficient, but also vibrant, occasionally quirky and highly evocative.
Contrary to the minority, it was indeed a year of progress for the Cork hurlers; a first championship victory over Kilkenny since 2004, the unearthing of new talent in Séamus Harnedy and an end to their seven-year absence from the September showpiece.