Michael Gracey

At this point, it feels a little foolish to doubt Tom Hardy‘s transformative properties. Pick any two films from his filmography and you’ll find yourself faced with two drastically different Hardys. He may be rail-thin or bulging with muscle. Soft-spoken or screamingly incoherent. Like snowflakes, no two Tom Hardy performances are ever quite the same. So when the news comes in, as it has (via Deadline Hollywood), that Hardy has officially signed on to play Elton John in the biopic Rocket Man, all we can really do is shrug our shoulders and say “yeah, that sounds about right.” Before too long, Hardy will have made himself over in the image of the famous musician, sporting massive sunglasses and sequin-covered clothing, and will probably learn a thing or two about playing the piano. Although he may not be doing too much singing – according to the official press release, the real Elton John will be re-recording his own songs for use in the film.

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Yup, this one is certainly unexpected. HitFix reports that the leading role in the upcoming Elton John biopic, Rocketman, is currently “out to Tom Hardy,” which the outlet clarifies does not “mean they’ve made him a formal offer yet, or even that he’s interested,” but it does mean that the Rocketman team is interested in the star.  John himself is serving as an executive producer on the project, which is coming to us from director Michael Gracey and screenwriter Lee Hall, and has been billed as “a biographical musical fantasy that weaves together the life of Sir Elton John and his music.” What’s most weird about the Hardy news is that, back in January of 2012, John himself announced that he wanted Justin Timberlake to play him in the biopic, a pick that certainly makes a hell of a lot more sense. Timberlake is clearly a busy guy, but playing John seems like a totally natural fit, so it’s strange that it hasn’t materialized and that Hardy is already seemingly in the mix. We’ll be keeping a close watch on this one. Until then, there’s always Gnomeo and Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes.

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The saga of the three Snow White movies continues. While most of the media attention has been going to Universal’s Snow White and The Huntsman and Relativity’s Lily Collins/Julia Roberts starring Snow White project up to this point, that’s because they got a bit of a head start in the Snow White game. Disney announced a while ago that they were going to be throwing their hats into the ring and turning this battle of the Snow Whites into a three-way affair, and there appears to be some motion on that front. When last we reported on this film it was going to be called Snow and the Seven, and it was about a 19th century Englishwoman traveling to Hong Kong for her father’s funeral, along with seven deadly companions. That concept seems to still be in place, and we also know a bit more about it. This Englishwoman, it seems, is being pursued by an ancient evil, and the warriors accompanying her are not only from an ancient order of fighters, they are also a multi-national group of colorful characters with different fighting styles.

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