It is so refreshing the hear the phrase “Rocketman” and have it not connected to North Korea. Instead, it’s the name of the biopic of Sir Elton John, featuring actor Taron Egerton in the title role, and co-starring Bryce Dallas Howard and Jamie Bell. One of its producers is Matthew Vaughn, who directed Taron in the two Kingsman films, and sitting in the director’s chair is Dexter Fletcher, who guided him through Eddie the Eagle.
Appearing on the UK’s Jonathan Ross Show, Taron more or less announced the project — which covers the earlier days of Elton’s career — commenting, “I’ve been so, so excited about this. Elton’s production company and Matthew Vaughn’s production company are planning, a musical fantasy — not quite a biopic — about the early years of Elton John. It’s going to feature his songs, and I’m gonna do the old acting and singing. As far as I’m aware the plan is that it will be the world’s first R-rated musical as well. It’s going to be very unabashed in its depiction of him. I think it will be quite full on, which, of course, the older folk will remember, but younger people might not know that he was so flamboyant.”
Then, in talking to MTV, he added, “That’s been a long time coming. I’m super excited about it. Terrified, but super, super excited. I’d met Elton before and he was very, very kind about my singing. It’s been put together by Matthew Vaughn with Dexter Fletcher directing. So there’s a lot of people I’ve worked with before. It really kind of started when Hugh Jackman and I recorded a song for Eddie the Eagle. It was sent off to Matthew and he called me and said, ‘You can sing?’ I said, ‘Yeah, a little bit anyway.’ Well, then we all kind of went from there. The most petrifying part is I just don’t wanna f–k it up… It’s Elton John.”
If the above trailer is any indication, that’s one thing he obviously doesn’t have to worry about. Look for Rocketman in theaters on May 17, 2019.