The actor Taron Egerton becomes the legendary Elton John in new pictures of the biopic musical Rocketman. Directed by Dexter Fletcher (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), Rocketman also plays Richard Madden, Jamie Bell and Bryce Dallas Howard. Rocketman’s first trailer teaser retired in October.
Born in 1947, Reginald Kenneth Dwight was a musical prodigy who played the piano at the age of seven. Later, under the stage name Elton John, he became a popular figure as a singer and composer of pop music and as a scene artist who became known for his incredible outfits and extravagant adventures. In collaboration with composing partner Bernie Taupin, John sold more than 300 million records and won 50 of the top 10 hits, including the Princess Diana tribute song “Candle in the Wind 1997,” which remains the best-selling single in history to this day
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With musical biopics at the box office, thanks to Freddie Mercury’s portrait of Bohemian Rhapsody last year, John now gets his own screen treatment, starring Kingsman star Egerton. In September, fans first saw Egerton as John and now Paramount Pictures has released a few more pics mocking Egerton’s transformation into a musical legend. See the new pictures below:
Called a “fantasy musical” by Star Egerton, Rocketman promises to tell the “uncensored human story of Elton John’s final years.” John himself announced the project for the first time in 2012 and named Justin Timberlake as his choice to interpret it. Other actors have been mentioned in relation to the role over the years, including Tom Hardy and Michael Gracey. In 2017, just from his turn to star in Kingsman: The Secret Service, Egerton finally got the coveted role. Of course, John and Egerton shared the screen when the singer appeared in Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
After the great success of Bohemian Rhapsody, which has so far collected $ 714 million worldwide, Paramount will bet that Rocketman will attract a large audience for yet another show of a legendary musical figure that became famous in the ’70s. In the same way, watchers of the Egerton Awards have one eye to double the performance that Rami Malek has achieved in his presentation, which is worthy of the Mercury Prize. There is no doubt that John’s personality and stage presence are as monumental as Mercury’s, and one could say that his legend is even greater in music. There is also more than enough material in John’s sometimes turbulent private and professional life to fill the portion of the drama film behind the scenes.