Following the success of Bohemian Rhapsody comes Rocketman – a stunning fantasy musical featuring an outstanding performance from Taron Egerton as the one and only Elton John. Find out here what you must know about the film and catch it in cinemas from 22 May.
After the film was announced in 2012, the role of Elton John was a hotly contested one, with Taron Egerton coming out on top to play him.
Egerton - who's best known for his role as Gary “Eggsy” Unwin in the highly successful Kingsman series - performs all his own vocals here, going one step further and singing the songs live on set.
“I found the process of inhabiting Elton John and his wardrobe incredibly liberating,” he says. “It’s amazing that this working class kid is now one of the biggest icons in the world… It’s been the greatest joy of my professional life making this film.”
I’m Still Standing
There’s no argument about how realistic the representation is, especially since Elton John himself was an executive producer of the movie, and his husband David Furnish has a producer credit too.
“It had to be as honest as possible,” says Elton. “The lows were very low, but the highs were very high. And that’s how I wanted the film to be.”
The musician has been complimentary of his big-screen alter-ego: "It’s the weirdest thing seeing someone portray you,” he told Interview magazine. “[Taron] is so eerily like me that it makes it even weirder."
In The Name Of You
The cast is incredible. It’s not just Egerton who impresses. Jamie Bell stars as the musician’s long-time lyricist Bernie Taupin, reuniting with screenwriter Lee Hall after shooting to fame in Billy Elliot at the age of 13. Game of Thrones’ Rob Stark (Richard Madden) plays early manager and former lover John Reid, while This is England star Stephen Graham is music publisher Dick James and Gemma Jones is Elton’s maternal grandmother, Ivy. Bryce Dallas Howard gives a complex performance as Sheila Eileen, the musician’s mother, with whom he shared some dramatic ups and downs.
This is England
Screenwriter Lee Hall is behind some of the most iconic British movies of the past few decades, so it makes sense to place one of our most iconic musicians in his hands. Not only he is responsible for Billy Elliot, but back in the days Elton John helped adapt that same story into a West End musical in 2014, which won Hall a Tony Award. In addition, he will bring the upcoming Cats adaptation to the big screen later this year.
Dexter Fletcher is at the helm as director. The actor-turned director started his career strong, with a BAFTA nomination for his directorial debut, Wild Bill, and he was also called to complete Oscar-winning Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, so the experience in bringing icons to the big screen is definitely there!
Don't miss Rocketman at ODEON May 22!