English actor Tom Hardy will play singer Sir Elton John in the upcoming biopic Rocketman.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the 36-year-old Hardy, who is best known for playing Bane in The Dark Knight Rises and Shinzon in Star Trek: Nemesis, will take up the role as production begins in the fall of 2014.

Rocketman will follow John from childhood to his meteoric rise to fame in the sixties. The film is written by Academy Award nominee Lee Hall (War Horse) and will be released in the United States by Focus Features.

“Tom is quickly becoming known as one of the world's most versatile actors, and like others at the top of their craft, he has proven his ability to transform himself completely into the character or subject found in the material,” Focus Features CEO Peter Schlessel told The Wrap.

“We are confident that Tom will embody the physicality and spirit of Sir Elton,” he added.