Tom Hardy has emerged as the frontrunner to play Elton John in the Rocketman biopic.

It was previously claimed that Justin Timberlake was the favourite, but Hitfix reports that director Michael Gracey and executive producer Elton John are pursuing Hardy.

The movie is described as "a biographical musical fantasy that weaves together the life of Elton John and his music".

The script, written by Lee Hall (War Horse), will follow the former Reg Dwight through his childhood and his rise to fame, and focus on his songwriting partnership with Bernie Taupin.

Hardy - who played Bane in The Dark Knight Rises - will next be seen in Mad Max: Fury Road, alongside Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult.