The brawny actor is best known for playing Bane in 'The Dark Knight Rises'

Tom Hardy is reportedly being lined up to play Elton John in a biopic of the legendary singer-songwriter.

Titled Rocketman, the musical film has a script by Billy Elliot‘s Lee Hall and will follow the former Reginald Dwight’s journey from childhood piano prodigy to global superstar. Back in March (2013) the film found its director, TV ad veteran Michael Gracey.

According to HitFix, the potentially fascinating lead role is now “out” to Hardy, who’s best known for playing mask-clad baddie Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. However, the report notes cautiously that this “doesn’t mean they’ve made him a formal offer yet, or even that he’s interested”.

Rocketman is being made by Elton John’s film company Rocket Pictures, whose biggest hit to date is 2011’s Gnomeo & Juliet, a computer-animated children’s film that grossed over $190 million (£125 million) worldwide. The singer will serve as an executive producer on the biopic.

Meanwhile, Hardy will next be seen as Mel Gibson’s replacement in the new Mad Max movie from director George Miller. Titled Mad Max: Fury Road, it co-stars Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult and is due for release next year (2014).