Kingsman star Taron Egerton will play Elton John in Paramount Picture's biopic of the legendary musician, Rocketman. Produced by Matthew Vaughn's Marv Films and Elton John's Rocket Pictures, the film will reunite Egerton with his Eddie The Eagle director Dexter Fletcher.
Rocketman will chart John's life from a "prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music to a global superstar", and promises to be " an unvarnished rock ‘n’ roll biopic with John’s life stripped back of the glitter". Rocketman has been a long time in the works, back in 2012 when Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall joined the project, Elton was keen for Justin Timberlake to play him. Timberlake famously played Elton John in the music video for the single 'This Train Don't Stop Here Anymore'.
Taron Egerton has long been linked to the role and has already started re-recording some of Elton John's back catalogue in preparation. Earlier this year, Elton John listened to three tracks that Egerton has recorded and was "blown away" by what he heard. If that's not the ultimate endorsement, I don't know what is. Egerton got to perform a cover of 'I'm Still Standing' for his role in the 2016 animated hit Sing, it's like it was meant to be. In another strange twist of fate, Egerton shared the screen with Elton John in last year's Kingsman: The Golden Circle from director Matthew Vaughn.
Rocketman will mark the second musical biopic of a beloved artist that Dexter Fletcher has helmed this year. Following Bryan Singer's departure from Bohemian Rhapsody for 20th Century Fox, Fletcher was drafted in to finish the film. Singer remains involved as a producer, but and it's believed that Fletcher will receive sole credit. Mr Robot's Rami Malek will star as Queen's frontman Freddie Mercury and the movie will launch in cinemas on November 2.